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Are all ionic compounds salts, or vice versa, or is the relationship between the two categories different? If so, how?
Question Date: 2013-03-19
Answer 1:

Ionic character is like a shade of grey: there are many degrees along a scale. Salts tend to be made from pairs of elements on opposite sides of the periodic table, so they are frequently ionic, and are often at the extreme end of the scale; however, there are many compounds that are ionic without being salts.

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