If NH4+ is the cation, then what is the anion of it?

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If NH4+ is the cation, then what is the anion of it so that the cation and anion combine and make a molecule? as in HNO3, where the cation is H+ and the anion is HNO3- and these cation and anion combine, make a neutral molecule HNO3.
 

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OH- (for the case of NH3 and water)
 
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In general any anion will do.
 
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If NH4+ is the cation, then what is the anion of it so that the cation and anion combine and make a molecule?
It depends on the molecule. You need to tell us which molecule you are interested in, just like you did in the example you gave:

as in HNO3, where the cation is H+ and the anion is HNO3- and these cation and anion combine, make a neutral molecule HNO3.
Here we know the cation and anion because you told us the molecule. We can't know the anion that goes with NH4+ unless you tell us what molecule you are interested in.
 

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