• Because the molecules are already closer together, in the case of solids - they are usually set in a lattice type structure...
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  • Because the molecules in them are already pushed up against each other. In a liquid they are rolling round disconnectedly, but effectively in contact. In a solid, bonds have formed linking them into a mass. But in a gas, they are bouncing around freely with lots of free space between them.
  • Liquid and solid phases are already condensed matter, with practically no room for molecules to squeeze together any further -- intermolecular distances are minimal.
  • The molecules are closer together with solids than gasses.

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