Why is hydrogen called inflammable gas?


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Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered
Because it burns in the presence of oxygen. It forms water.

2H2 + O2 = 2H2O

Be careful not to confuse the American and "Rest of the World" use of the word "inflammable".

In the US, inflammable means "not flammable" and therefore will not burn.
In the rest of the World inflammable means capable of being inflamed (i.e. Will burn!)
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fareeha shaheen
fareeha shaheen commented
i didn't know that
Moeez commented
Me neither, thought what americanz said was riyt bt any way thanx ray
Anonymous commented
Inflammable -Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly; flammable.

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Ray Ottewell Profile
Ray Ottewell answered
Cos when mixed with oxygen it can blow the hell out of you, dude. But they are doing there best to make it safe to run a combustible engine safely
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