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# What is the conjugate acid-base relationship of (H2PO4)- and (HPO4)-?

The conjugate base of an acid, any acid, is defined as the acid less a proton, H^+. The conjugate acid of a base, any base, is defined as the base plus a proton.

Phosphoric acid, H_3PO_4, is the parent acid. If it loses a proton, H^+, we conserve both mass and charge, and H_2PO_4^- results. And what is the conjugate base of this beasty? Again, conserve mass and charge, and HPO_4^(2-) results. You did not conserve mass and charge in your question; I agree that this is all too easy to do.

What is the conjugate base of biphosphate, HPO_4^(2-)? And what is the conjugate base of bisulfate, HSO_4^-? Can you tell me the conjugate acid of H_3PO_4? Conserve mass, and conserve charge, and these are trivial questions.