I am confused about the molecular basis by which nonmetal oxides react with water to form acidic compounds. For example, I understand that sulfur trioxide reacts with water to form sulfuric acid as shown in the following reaction:
SO3 (g) + H2O (l) --> H2SO4 (aq)
I recognize that the polarized nature of the O-H bond in sulfuric acid makes it thermodynamically favorable for H2O to abstract a proton and subsequently form an acidic solution with the formation of H3O+. However, I fail to recognize how reactions like this with a nonmetal oxide proceeds to form an acidic oxide. Namely, I fail to understand the role of the covalent bond in the nonmetal oxide for the mechanism of this reaction. I recognize that metal oxides dissolve in water to form the highly polarizing, high charge density ion O2-, which polarizes the O-H bond in H2O to form hydroxide. Can someone give a similar explanation for nonmetal oxides and their dominant acidic nature in water?