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    Even though HCl(aq) is?
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    Need H+ in solution (aq) which only happens if HCL dissociates to H+ and Cl-. This will only happen in solution and not air/as a gas (g).


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    (Original post by ILoveUSA)
    Even though HCl(aq) is?
    Try solvating the ions generated in a gas!!! Very disfavorable. The energy lost by breaking the bond in solution is made up by solvating the ions, but this can't happen in the gas phase.
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    Nothing is acidic until it becomes aqueous.
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    (Original post by ThrashMetal)
    Nothing is acidic until it becomes aqueous.
    wow, sweeping statement!!! I would be very cautious about saying that. Probably true for most bronstead acids, but almost certainly not the case for other types. Think about the field of inter-stellar chemistry. It's all in the gas phase and there must be 'acid and base' like properties observed.
 
 
 
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