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Because of its polar covalent bonds, water can form hydrogen bonds with itself and with other polar molecules. Hydrogen bonding is responsible for water’s cohesion, the force that holds water molecules together, and its adhesion, which is its ability to “stick” to other polar molecules. Capillary action results from both of these properties.
■ If water were made of C and H instead of H and O, would it still be cohesive and adhesive?
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