• Daniel Bullock

Is Mercury the hottest planet?


Mercury, 結城, 英会話
This is the planet Mercury

Let’s talk about the planet Mercury using comparative and superlative adjectives

We will kick off our trip into the solar system with a visit to Mercury, the first planet from the sun. There is a lot to say about this hot little planet!


How to use superlatives

We will use the adjectives small and close to talk about Mercury.

First, small. Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system. (However, some people would argue that Pluto is in fact a planet, so it should be classed as the smallest one!) Secondly, we shall move on to close. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. That explains why it is so hot...but is isn't the hottest, that award goes to its neighbour, Venus.


How to use comparatives

We will use the adjectives hot and small to talk some more about Mercury.

First, hot. Mercury is hotter than The Earth. This is kind of an understatement however! Mercury is in fact the second hottest planet in the solar system. It can range from -173 to 427°C. Sweltering!


Mercury, マンツーマン, 英語
Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar solar system

Secondly, we shall move on to small.

Mercury is smaller than The Earth. As you can see from the picture above, (Mercury is the planet on the far left) it is a lot smaller than the other planets. We can also use the superlative here, because Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system.