chemical cell

situation :in a chemical cell,the set up consists of 2 metals electrodes immersed in a beaker of electrolyte.
the question i ask is:the metal is a reducing agent and the mobile ions which come from the electrolyte is also a reducing agent or oxidizing,that means there are both reducing agents and oxidizing agents surrounding each electrode,then how i know which electrode undergoes oxidation or reduction?


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