I know that most of the double displacement reactions form some kind of precipitates as their products. But do all of the double displacement reactions form precipitates? I have searched on this site as well as on Google, I've found answers, but they are not clarifying my doubts. Maybe I need a simpler explanation.

So, if you answer is yes, they all lead to precipitation, please justify.

If it's no, not all of them give precipitates, please justify with an example.


No, recall the definition of a precipitate "insoluble ionic compound". Take this reaction into consideration $$\ce{ NaOH~(s) + HCl~(l) <=> H2O~(l) + NaCl~(aq)}$$ none of the products are insoluble. You'll learn more when you go over gas evolution reactions.

  • $\begingroup$ @MARamezani Please use <=> in mhchem ;) Subscripting the state is also not encouraged any more. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Apr 30 '15 at 9:25
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    $\begingroup$ The exception cited above is a neutralization reaction, a special type of double replacement reaction $\endgroup$ – user25727 Feb 12 '16 at 4:04

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