Why doesn't inert gas affect reaction rate?

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Just as the title says, I'm having difficulty understanding why the concentration of inert gas is not included in the reaction rate. I would think adding a higher concentration of N2 (or some other inert gas) would increase the reaction rate. Perhaps, I'm confusing reaction rate with space time?
 

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This is possibly because inert gases have stable octate electronic structure and hence cannot be sites(heterogenous) for nucleation which in other terms is reaction.
 
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Because it's inert. By the very definition of inert it doesn't react. The only thing an inert gas can do is dilute the reactants and that might affect reaction rates.
 
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Makes sense. Thank you pukb and Dr Morbius!
 

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