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it could be that (CH3)3N is a weak base while HNO3 is a strong acid so since they are not both strong they will not produce a water and a salt. Although it still should be somewhat neutralizing since it is an acid-base reaction
You can't completely neutralize a weak acid or base because the conjugate acid/base will affect the pH. The conjugates are in equilibrium with the acid or base they came from, and this will affect the pH of the solution. For example, acetate in water, the neutralization product of acetic acid, will pull protons from the water and raise the pH, acting as a base. Also, this reaction in problem 5 cannot make water because (CH3)3N does not have an OH to create water.
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