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NH3 cannot release OH ions. Can it be called a base?
  1. Yes, NH3 can release OH ions and hence is a base.
  2. No, NH3 has hydrogen and hence is an acid.
  3. No, a base should ionize in water to form OH ions.
  4. Yes, NH3 can accept a proton.


Solution

The correct option is D Yes, NH3 can accept a proton.
Yes, we can NH3 is a base.
Though NH3 cannot release OH ions, it can accept protons. According to Bronsted-Lowry theory, acids donate protons and bases accept protons. Hence, NH3 is a base.

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