# Balanced equation for neutralisation reaction betweeen potassium carbonate and hydrochloric acid

They seem all correct to me, is there any reason why one reaction would happen over the other(s)?

\begin{align} \ce{K2CO3 + 2 HCl &-> 2 KCl + H2CO3}\\[6pt] \ce{K2CO3 + 2 HCl &-> 2 KCl + H2O + CO2}\\[6pt] \ce{K2CO3 + HCl &-> KHCO3 + H2O} \end{align}

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They are all correct and they will all stay in equilibrium with one another, whereas the products of the second equation will be the most favoured, since carbonic acid is an unstable weak acid and will likely dissociate into $\ce{CO_2}$ and $\ce{H_2O}$. At the same time potassium hydrogen carbonate will get protonated easily: $$\ce{HCl + KHCO_3 \rightarrow KCl + H_2CO_3}$$ again resulting in more carbon dioxide and water.
• The real point about equation two is that this reaction is typically taking place in aqueous solution, and the $\ce{CO2}$ escapes from liquid into gas phase. – MaxW Aug 30 '16 at 5:00
All the equations are correct. The first two are basically the same. Carbonic acid is a weak acid. It is less stable. So it dissociates itself to give $\ce{CO2}$ and $\ce{H2O}$. And the last one is just based on the simple difference in the moles. So you can use the equation depending on the moles.