why do ionic compounds only conduct electricity when molten or dissolved in water?

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Does anyone now why?

Posted Wed 6th November, 2013 @ 17:14 by Twins 1&2

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The electrons in the ionic compound are only able to move when in a liquid state - the electrons become delocalised or free, and are able to carry the electronic charge.

Answered Thu 7th November, 2013 @ 23:04 by Shannon Tennant-Smith - Team GR