2 deleted 31 characters in body edited Jun 20 '15 at 13:36 user15489 Ok , both of the formulas are absolutely correct.It depends on what you want to signify , basically if you want to look from the point of view of organic chemistry then you take the second formula. And If you any to look from just the point of view of just ions then you can render the positive ion($$\ce{Na+}$$) to shifted first and then the negative ion($$\ce{CH3COO-}$$) .I think the second formula looks much more better because it is the usual notation for sodium acetate and my vote goes to the second.But if you want to show people something different you can obviously use the the first one. This is a really cool question. Ok , both of the formulas are absolutely correct.It depends on what you want to signify , basically if you want to look from the point of view of organic chemistry then you take the second formula. And If you any to look from just the point of view of just ions then you can render the positive ion($$\ce{Na+}$$) to shifted first and then the negative ion($$\ce{CH3COO-}$$) .I think the second formula looks much more better because it is the usual notation for sodium acetate and my vote goes to the second.But if you want to show people something different you can obviously use the the first one. This is a really cool question. Ok , both of the formulas are absolutely correct.It depends on what you want to signify , basically if you want to look from the point of view of organic chemistry then you take the second formula. And If you any to look from just the point of view of just ions then you can render the positive ion($$\ce{Na+}$$) to shifted first and then the negative ion($$\ce{CH3COO-}$$) .I think the second formula looks much more better because it is the usual notation for sodium acetate and my vote goes to the second.But if you want to show people something different you can obviously use the the first one. 1 answered Jun 20 '15 at 13:34 Satyajeet 20711 silver badge1414 bronze badges Ok , both of the formulas are absolutely correct.It depends on what you want to signify , basically if you want to look from the point of view of organic chemistry then you take the second formula. And If you any to look from just the point of view of just ions then you can render the positive ion($$\ce{Na+}$$) to shifted first and then the negative ion($$\ce{CH3COO-}$$) .I think the second formula looks much more better because it is the usual notation for sodium acetate and my vote goes to the second.But if you want to show people something different you can obviously use the the first one. This is a really cool question.