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Binary Compounds


    Binary compounds are compounds composed of two elements. For example: Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is a binary compound. The second element always has the suffix "-ide" attached to the end of the word. If you were given MgO, the element's name would be Magnesium Oxide -- notice the "-ide" suffix that has been attached to Oxygen.

Remember never to add "-ide" to the end of the first element.