Strange Excel Worksheet Function

I have been given a very large Excel workbook with complicated and nested worksheet functions.
Supposedly, there is an error in the workbook when a particular set of variables are entered.  At this point I am just trying to understand what is going on in this workbook when I noticed the following worksheet function.
Is this a legitimate function?  

=IFERROR(LEFT(IF(G3,$G3&"
rrhandle8Asked:
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abbas abdullaCommented:
Hi,
The syntax of function is not proper and I can't figure out what was author trying to get. If there is no dependencies on this cell it might be user was testing something or doing trials error..
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Definitely not as posted.

It won't even enter as a formula - only as a text string.

For further assistance, the easiest option would be to post the workbook, or a sample thereof.

Alan
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rrhandle8Author Commented:
Thanks for the confirmation.  Oddly, the cells with this formula actually update when other cells are updated, but that is not my concern right now. Two of you both confirmed it is not a legitimate function.

I am going to post another question about this workbook in a few minutes.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It needs to look something like this, I think. I have taken this from a working sheet.

=LEFT(E84&F84,4)

It is taking the first 4 characters of a text string for the cell where the formula resides
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
From the looks of it, it appears to be a long formula wrapped into multiple lines.

Unless the result of this formula is an error,
Select the cell
Press F2
Either the contents would be preceded by an apostrophe '  or it would be a formula spanning multiple lines.
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rrhandle8Author Commented:
Saqib Husain is right!  It is a God awful formula. I am not touching this project.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
LOL - Good catch Saqib Husain, Syed!

Alan.
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