My textbook says electrolytes conduct electricity by the Movement of positive and negative ions. I have always thought it was due to the movement Of free electrons but it isn't so . Why is this so ? I have visited a few websites but am unable to reach an answer . By the way, when we say ionic compounds dissolve , other than dissociating , they also form bonds with water molecules right? Is this the same as reacting with water? Do thy form new ions with water molecules ?? And most importantly , how exactly do mobile ions conduct electricity in electrolytes ?? Thanks in advance !!