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Will a reaction occur in the following case? If so, write a net ionic equation for it:

$\ce{(NH4)2SO4 (aq) + ZnCl2 (aq) -> ?}$

The book says that all possible combinations of positive and negative ions lead to water soluble compounds, all of the ions remain in solution. No reactions occur.

Now I am a little confused. Why didn't $\ce{(NH4)2}$ join with $\ce{Cl2}$ and why didn't $\ce{SO4}$ join with $\ce{Zn}$? Or did they?

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Of course $\ce{NH4+}$ can join $\ce{Cl-}$ and $\ce{Zn^2+}$ can join $\ce{SO4^2-}$, but the formed salts are completely soluble in water, and they completely dissociate in water to gives the corresponding ions.

On the other hand, the starting salts: $\ce{(NH4)2SO4}$ and $\ce{ZnCl2}$ are completely soluble in water, and they completely dissociate in water to gives the corresponding ions.

So, all of the ions remain in solution, as if no reaction occurs.

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