How would you draw the resulting carboxylate anion that forms when propanoic acid reacts with a strong base?

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Jul 22, 2016

#H_3C-CH_2C(=O)OH + NaOH rarr H_3C-CH_2C(=O)O^(-)Na^+ + H_2O#


This is a standard acid base reaction. Propanoic acid is fairly weak, yet will react with sodium hydroxide. Sodium propanoate would give a basic solution in aqueous solution. Why?