I did not understand why metal oxides are called basic oxides.  

Please explain in a simpler way....

We all know that when acid reacts with a base, we get salt and water. Same way, when an acid reacts with a metal, we get salt and water. So metals are basic in nature.

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 so they are called basic oxide

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 it is simple because they turn red litmus blue.

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when metal oxide react with water they form hydroxide which turn red litmus paper to blue

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The answer given by your friends is correct.
@others,right answer.Keep posting.

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