Are polyatomic ions ionic?

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Nov 29, 2016

Answer:

Well, yes..........

Explanation:

#"Sulfates, nitrates, perchlorates, phosphates......."#; all of these species, and others, are polyatomic ions. Lewis structures can represent (sometimes) their ionic character: #O=N^(+)(-O)_2""^-, (O=)_2S(-O)_2^-,(O=)_3ClO^(-)#; all of these species have formal negative charges. And these are combined with metal or protic cations in the solid state. And of course, cations, too, can be polyatomic; the best example is #"ammonium ion"#, i.e. #NH_4^+#.