The formal names for such inorganic compounds having metals showing of variable oxidation states involve use of Roman numerals, for example "copper(II) sulphate" or "potassium manganate(VII)" or "hexaaquacopper(II)". Of course, common names like "copper sulphate" or "potassium permanganate" do exist, but if I wanted to use the formal ones, how do I correctly pronounce them?


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Simple: Just read the roman numerals as a number.

Copper-two sulphate

Potassium manganate-seven


For negative oxidation numbers use a minus:

Tetracarbonylferrate-minus-two ($\ce{[Fe(CO)4]^2-}$)


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