# Wouldn't adding a proton acceptor still make a solution just as acidic?

Say if you add NH3 to a solution, and it accepts a proton, it still becomes NH4+ in a solution, which is also acidic. A base should decrease the hydrogen ion concentration in a solution, but how does a solution become more basic if it now has an increased concentration of NH4+?

• When $NH_3$ accepts a proton, what molecule does the proton come from, and what does this molecule look like after losing a proton? Are there any other acids or bases in the solution, and how will their concentrations change? – Blaise Feb 8 at 18:05
• Indeed, H+ is acidic, and so is NH4+, but there is a catch. Indeed, Mike Tyson is strong, and so is an elephant, and so is a nuclear blast, and so is the black hole's gravity. One may be tempted to say they are all the same, but there is a catch. – Ivan Neretin Feb 8 at 18:57