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In class we were given the example of NO and the Lewis structure given the formal charge. Although we were not given the formal charge, we end up with N+ and O-, and because of that we know to fill O and leave N with only five e- dots. However, we are given the counterexample where the reverse is done. O only has 5 e- dots and N is filled which then gives us the charges: N- and O+2. My question is why is the counterexample incorrect?
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