Question

Saline hydrides :

A

are dehydrating agents

B

are formed by transition metals

C

are very poor reducing agents

D

are stable towards water and alcohol

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Solution

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A

are dehydrating agents

Saline hydrides are formed by alkali metals and alkaline earth metals (not transition metals). They are good reducing agents and are readily decomposed by water and alcohol to liberate hydrogen. They also act as powerful dehydrating agents.

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