# How do non-ionic compounds dissolve into water? Into molecules or atoms?

I can't seem to find the answer in google, which is surprising.

I'm aware that ionic compounds dissolve into electrolytes. However, when non-ionic sacarose for example dissolves in water, does the sacarose crystals break into single atoms as well or does it stay as a whole molecule in water? What does exactly happen?

Thanks everyone =)

The same is also true for ionic compounds. Ammonium chloride ($\ce{NH4Cl}$), for example, consists of discrete $\ce{NH4+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ ions. $\ce{NH4+}$ is a molecular ion, and it remains as such in aqueous solution and does not break up into single nitrogen and hydrogen atoms/ions. However, the salt can hydrolyze in aqueous solution according to the following equilibrium:
$$\ce{NH4Cl + H2O \rightleftharpoons NH3 + H3O^+ + Cl^-}$$