so is an acid like HCl, is it basically these HCl ions that are "dissolved" or "infused" into water and form an acid? So what I'm saying is HCl by itself isn't possible and it's only possible in the dissolved form or aqueas form. This would make sense because as far as I know an acid or base cannot be 100% pure. And if this is true then it makes sense. so basically, I have a few questions but the main one is. Is HCl its own pure liquid or is it just ions or a molecule dissolved in water. If it is just something in water than I won't even ask those questions because it will answer them. Another question, which I'm almost certain the answe is no. Is it possible to have a "pure" acid?