What is the nature (acidic/basic) of the following oxides?
(a) Magnesium oxide
(b) Sulphur dioxide
Given reason for your choice.

(a) Magnesium is a metal. Metals react with oxygen to form metallic oxides. Hence, Magnesium oxides are basic in nature.

(b) Sulphur dioxide is a nonmetal. Nonmetals react with oxygen to form nonmetallic oxides. These oxides differ from metallic oxides because they are acidic in nature.


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