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    Water as a base

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    Is H2O always the base, for example in the following:

    SO4^2- + H2O --> HSO4^- + OH^-

    I said SO4^2- is the acid and H2O is the base

    for CH3COOH + H2O --> CH3COO^- + H3O^+

    I said...CH3COOH is acid and again H2O is the base ?

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    This solution helps explore water, H20, as a base in acid-base reactions.