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Water reacts with ammonia and donates a proton but it accepts protons during the reaction with HCl. So water is __


A

Neutral

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Slightly acidic

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C

Amphoteric

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Corrosive

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Solution

The correct option is C

Amphoteric


An acid is any proton donor, and a base is any proton acceptor. By donating a proton, water acts as an acid and by accepting a proton from such strong acids, water acts as a base. Thus, water can donate as well as accept protons, this shows its amphoteric nature.


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