# What is the correct way to show sodium chloride in aqueous solution?

An old chestnut. Sodium chloride in aqueous solution is represented as $N a C l \left(a q\right)$ OR AS $N {a}^{+} \left(a q\right) + C {l}^{-} \left(a q\right)$.
When sodium chloride dissolves in water we form $N {a}^{+} \left(a q\right)$, i.e. ${\left[N a {\left(O {H}_{2}\right)}_{6}\right]}^{+}$, an aquated sodium ion, a distinct chemical entity to $N a C l$. The chloride counter ion is similarly formulated.