I would like to use an adjective to express something in between the two adjectives short-term and long-term. Does medium-term make sense here? What is the adjective I can use?

What preposition, if any, do I use in a sentence with any one of these three adjectives? For example:

She told me the consequences are _ long-term. (in a / in / at / ??? )

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    Hello and welcome to EL&U, @Guilherme. It sounds like your question about using prepositions is separate from making a choice of a word that expresses something between short- and long-term. I'd suggest posting these as separate questions so that they can be answered on their own.
    – aedia λ
    Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 19:18

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Medium-term exists as a phrase, but it mostly refers to public finance. In this sense, it means:

2-10 years, usually used in reference to bonds. When used in technical analysis, usually a few weeks to a few months. Also called intermediate-term.

Intermediate-term, another option, is also primarily associated with finance. However, people who are aware of the adjectives "long-term" and "short-term" will understand that "medium-term" or "intermediate-term" is between the two.

For any of the adjectives, they describe a property of something. The consequences have the property of being long-term. So you don't need a preposition with them. Compare:

The [Noun] is [Adjective]

The cat is black

The consequences are long-term


Yes, you can use medium-term as an adjective.

No preposition is needed in "She told me that the health consequences of smoking are long-term."


"In the middle term" is also used.


There's a discussion about preferences here:


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