Hi i have a general question concerning the behavior of a weak base NH3 in water. If we have a reaction between a weak base and water NH3 + H2O = NH4(+) + OH(-) NH3 is a weak base with respect to the base ,OH(-), produced from water. This means that the lone pair of OH(-) will Attack a high procentage of the NH4+ that NH3 want’s to produce from water. Is it correctly assumed that the weak base NH3 is actually competing against 2 bases in a water solution: It’s competing against OH because OH reacts with NH4+ but it also competes aginst water, because the following equilibrium must be true NH4+ + H2O = H3O(+) + NH3 So actually NH4+ reacts with OH and H2O to form NH3…Correct? A last question: Is OH(-) a more reactive base than water? For instance if we have put a weak acid into water, would the OH(-) produced from waters autoinoization reaction prefer to attack the weak acid more than water itself?