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This site was really helpful for me in making it clear when to recognize an exception. https://chem.libretexts.org/Core/Physic ... Octet_Rule
JonathanLam1G wrote:ALSO! remember to look at formal charges!
I think this is one of the easiest ways to determine if extra electrons or bonds are needed. If you know the atom includes the d orbital and you follow the octet rule and have electrons left over which lead to a charge, then you can try to determine if you can make it more stable and get FC to 0 by adding electrons.
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