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An ionic bond would be denoted as the cation being [M]+ with the anion having the donated electron(s) surrounding it with a charge [M]-. A covalent bond has a line for each bond its sharing electrons make. H2 is H-H because its electrons make a single bond
Solely based off of the visual representation of a Lewis Structure, a covalent bond is represented with a line between two atoms, as they are sharing electrons. In an ionic bond, the atoms are not sharing electrons and are not represented with a line between them.
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