Is a proton a hydrogen cation and vice versa?

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Hello,

I was wondering if it could be said that any proton can be identified as a hydrogen cation, and any hydrogen cation as a proton.

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Any free proton is a hydrogen cation.
There are hydrogen isotopes with neutrons (deuterium and tritium) - therefore, hydrogen cations can be a single proton or (proton+neutron) or (proton+2 neutrons).
Actually there are more hydrogen isotopes, but they are so short-living that it is pointless to talk about electrons and chemistry.
 
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Thanks!
 

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