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    whats the difference between them
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    It’s to do with with oxidation status of the compound. Sulphate, SO4 and Sulphite, SO3. Note how sulphite has one extra oxygen atom bound. The suffix -ate tends to refer to the higher oxidation status of the element, with -ite being the next oxidation status down.
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    (Original post by Daveboi115)
    It’s to do with with oxidation status of the compound. Sulphate, SO4 and Sulphite, SO3. Note how sulphite has one extra oxygen atom bound. The suffix -ate tends to refer to the higher oxidation status of the element, with -ite being the next oxidation status down.
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    Sulfate* is PIN, sulfite is not.

    *(VI), (IV) etc.
 
 
 
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