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Yes, we can determine if covalent bonds are formed through the elements that make up that bond. Ionic bonds are when a non metal and a metal have a bond. Covalent bonds happen only between two non-metal elements. Within covalent bonds, there are also different types of covalent bonds as well.
A quick tip to always keep in mind is hydrogen is a nonmetal so when you see HCl/HBr/HI it's tempting to say it's an ionic bond because H has a +1 charge and halogens have a -1 charge and they're on opposite sides of the periodic table like most ionic compounds. However, that'd be incorrect, these compounds have a covalent bond.
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