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What happens when an acid breaks down or dissolves a substance?
Question Date: 2010-04-27
Answer 1:

Acid consists of a solution of a polar solvent (e.g. water) containing stray hydrogen atoms, which are very reactive and bond to things. Then things to become soluble in water because the hydrogen atoms make whatever they are bonding to become acid (and thus polar) as well, and so can dissolve.

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