# What is the net ionic equation for the reaction between aqueous ammonia and hydrochloric acid?

Jan 17, 2016

$N {H}_{3} \left(a q\right) + {H}_{3} {O}^{+} \rightarrow N {H}_{4}^{+} + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$
$N {H}_{3} \left(a q\right) + {H}^{+} \rightarrow N {H}_{4}^{+}$
In both cases, the chloride ion, $C {l}^{-}$, which was the counterion of ${H}^{+}$ was simply along for the ride, and did not take part in the reaction. Of course, we could isolate ammonium chloride, $N {H}_{4} C l$, if we chose to do so.