-ine? -ide? @_@

I'm so confused.... when do I add -ine and when do I add -ide?

I'm so not the science type I'm sorry...


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Easy the "-ide" suffix usually denotes that something has turned into an anion.

And come on, it not just "science" where words change their endings to denote different things...

Even in a crap language like English, we add "s" to nouns to denote the plural, and apostrophe s to denote the possessive....
and "-ing" and "-ed" to various verbs to denote differnt tenses,
and "-ly" to denote adverbs....

In general the suffix -ine denotes an elemental substance like chlorine with only atoms of chlorine present; -ide is used when the atoms are attracted to a different kind of atom such as NaCl sodium chlorIDE in which the chlorine atoms are goings steady with sodium atoms. There are a few cases such as amide in which an ammonia molecule is bound to something else; these are relicts of alchemy when ammonia was thought of as an elemental substance. We now know that it is NH3.

-ine is the suffix for a halogen, eg Chlorine, Iodine
-ide is the suffix for an anion, eg Chloride, Iodide

do you always add the ide even if its not a ionic bond? like if water wasn't called water would it be hydrogen oxide?

yeah, hydrogen dioxide, why not?

I'm sure you've heard of its cousin, carbon dioxide -)

I just heated up some dihydrogen oxide for tea.

As Oxygen has a higher electronegativity, ie. ease in stealing electrons, than Hydrogen, the electron from Hydrogen is usually stolen by the oxygen, producing an


ionic bond. This is also known as the 'Hydrogen bond'. This happens also in Ammonia (Nitrogen stealing) and Methane (Carbon and Hydrogen stealing each other's)

[quote="feline1"]yeah, hydrogen dioxide, why not?[/quote]

Dihydrogen monoxide methinks.

Dangerous stuff...:
Among the many commonly-sited DHMO-related environmental impacts are:

oops! yeah, sorry,
dihydrogen oxide, not huydrogen dioxide! oops

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