# In an inorganic metal salt that contains water molecules, are the water molecules likely to coordinate to the metal centre?

Suppose you dry an hydrate, i.e. $\left[M {\left\{{\left(O H\right)}_{2}\right\}}_{6}\right] C {l}_{3}$. As written, the metal is coordinated to 6 aqua ligands. As you dry the salt, water ligands are removed, and a chloride ligand could replace water in the primary coordination sphere of the metal centre.