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The higher the electronegativity, the closer the bond gets to being an ionic bond. Ionic bonds are stronger than covalent bonds. Therefore, this tells us that the higher the electronegativity is, the more the atoms are attracted to each other. The higher the electronegativity, the stronger and shorter the bond.
Also, when the difference in electronegativity between the two atoms is greater than 1.7, the atoms will form an ionic bond instead of a covalent bond, since the atom with the higher electronegativity will "steal" one or more electrons from the other atom.
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