Why protons dissociate

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I wondered if anyone could help me with a question. Do acids such as HCl donate protons because the conjugate acid is more electronegative? Such as the O in H2O is more EN than Cl, and thats why the H+ dissociates?
 

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Borek
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It is not about just electronegativity - what is more electronegative, oxygen in SO42- or oxygen in H2O?
 
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I'd have to say So4^2- because it carries a negative charge, so it will attract protons...?
 
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What about HSO4- then?
 
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Thanks for that I'll watch it.
 
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That's actually really helpful. I see it's as I suspected more to do with the lewis bases ability to donate electrons. Like the protons are pulled from the acid.
 

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