2nd October 2019

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Can nonmetals form covalent bonds?

Ionic bonds form when a nonmetal and a metal exchange electrons, while covalent bonds form when electrons are shared between two nonmetals. An ionic bond is a type of chemical bond formed through an electrostatic attraction between two oppositely charged ions.

Just so, what types of atoms form covalent bonds?

Ionic bonds usually occur between metal and nonmetal ions. For example, sodium (Na), a metal, and chloride (Cl), a nonmetal, form an ionic bond to make NaCl. In a covalent bond, the atoms bond by sharing electrons. Covalent bonds usually occur between nonmetals.

Why can t metals form covalent bonds?

It's easier for them to release few electrons from the outer shell to obtain a noble gas configuration rather than consuming several ones. However, the difference between an ionic and a polar covalent bond is always fringe. Again, it's not true that metals don't form covalent bonds at all.
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