Is health related or health-related correct? For example, would one write health related issues or health-related issues and health related efforts or health-related efforts?


If "health-related" comes before the word it modifies (in this case, "issues"), then it gets a hyphen because it's a compound of a noun ("health") and a participle ("related") modifying another noun ("issues"). If it comes after what it modifies (for example, "his absence was health related"), it doesn't need the hyphen.

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    I think you meant to type "in this case, 'issues'." – Jason Bassford Oct 12 '18 at 0:12
  • I'd use a hyphen in either case. If you hate hyphens, make it “his absence was related to health”, which is less ‘headlinese’ anyway. – Anton Sherwood Apr 10 '19 at 6:53

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