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# Is ethylamine a Bronsted-Lowry base?

Yes, ethylamine, CH_3CH_2NH_2, can act as a because of the lone pair of electrons present on the nitrogen atom.

For example, when it reacts with water, ethylamine will accept a proton, H^(+), from water and form the ethylammonium ion.

CH_3CH_2NH_(2(aq)) + H_2O_((l)) rightleftharpoons overbrace(CH_3CH_2NH_(3(aq))^(+))^(color(blue)("ethylammonium ion")) + OH_((aq))^(-)

By definition, any compound that can act as a proton acceptor is a .