# DATEADD

### In this article

Returns a table that contains a column of dates, shifted either forward or backward in time by the specified number of intervals from the dates in the current context.

## Syntax

```
DATEADD(<dates>,<number_of_intervals>,<interval>)
```

#### Parameters

Term | Definition |

dates | A column that contains dates. |

number_of_intervals | An integer that specifies the number of intervals to add to or subtract from the dates. |

interval | The interval by which to shift the dates. The value for interval can be one of the following: `year` , `quarter` , `month` , `day` |

## Return value

A table containing a single column of date values.

## Remarks

The **dates** argument can be any of the following:

A reference to a date/time column,

A table expression that returns a single column of date/time values,

A Boolean expression that defines a single-column table of date/time values.

Note

Constraints on Boolean expressions are described in the topic, CALCULATE function (DAX).

If the number specified for **number_of_intervals** is positive, the dates in **dates** are moved forward in time; if the number is negative, the dates in **dates** are shifted back in time.

The **interval** parameter is an enumeration, not a set of strings; therefore values should not be enclosed in quotation marks. Also, the values: `year`

, `quarter`

, `month`

, `day`

should be spelled in full when using them.

The result table includes only dates that exist in the **dates** column.

If the dates in the current context do not form a contiguous interval, the function returns an error.

This DAX function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode. For more information about limitations in DirectQuery models, see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219172.

## Example: Shifting a Set of Dates

### Description

The following formula calculates dates that are one year before the dates in the current context.

### Code

```
=DATEADD(DateTime[DateKey],-1,year)
```

## See also

Time-intelligence functions (DAX)

Date and time functions (DAX)