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  1. #1 nomenculture: -ate 
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    What determines that an oxyanion ends with -ate?

    As in

    why is sulfate SO4 2- (4 oxygen) while chlorate is ClO3- (3 oxygen)

    if -ite, hypo-, per- are determined by the number of oxygen, I wonder why the same prefix or suffix should not have the same oxygen number

    Is this because the -ate is assigned to the most common one?


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    http://www.shodor.org/unchem/basic/nomen/index.html

    That should explain you the concepts. It has to do with oxidation state, not the number of oxygen molecules.


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    plese help me out a little bit more cuz I can't find anything about that having to do with oxidation states in that website you posted.

    But I do see

    THE MOST COMMON OXOANION ENDS WITH "-ATE"
    Doesn't that mean what I said earlier?
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