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You should always put the lone pairs on the central atom when you are drawing a lewis structure. That way you can ensure that the outer electrons have filled valence shells with a low formal charge and consequently know you are finding the most stable configuration.
Joey_Okumura_1F wrote:Do Lewis bases tend to have lone pair electrons on their central atoms or lone pair electrons on any of the atoms?
I think as long as you satisfy the octet rule, you should be fine. A lot of central atoms are bonded with multiple other atoms but as long as they all have 8 valence electrons, and are the most stable configuration, you're good. :D
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