In Sheet 1 I have a list of emails and I would like to add a status (either Good or Bad / true or false) next to it if the email contains any of the substrings in the Sheet 2.

Sheet 2 has a list of substrings that constitute a "bad email" such as @test.com or noreply that are in a list of cells.

Here is the desired output

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Use textjoin() to build a regular expression and use it to test the email addresses, like this:

    isblank(A2:A), iferror(1/0), 
    regexmatch( A2:A, textjoin("|", true, Bad!B2:B) ), "Bad", 
    true, "Good" 

To learn the exact regular expression syntax used by Google Sheets, see RE2.

  • Thanks a ton! Really. Never would have been able to figure this out on my own
    – Ian W
    Jun 3, 2021 at 4:09

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