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Tue August 09, 2011 By:
 

Though Ammonium Hydroxide(NH4OH) and acetic acid(CH3COOH) have both H+ and OH- ions, why acetic acid is classified as an acid and ammonium hydroxide as a base?

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Tue August 09, 2011
Though Ammonium Hydroxide(NH4OH) and acetic acid(CH3COOH) have both H+ and OH- ions but in their aqueous state
 Ammonium hydroxide liberates OH- ions in the solution as H+ ions remain attached to Nitrogen atom forming NH4+ whereas, acetic acid  liberates H+ ions in the soluiton .which makes it acidic and ammonium hydroxide as a base.
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