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You can also draw out the Lewis structure of the molecule in question. After creating the proper structure, you should identify those atoms with a lone pair. These atoms will be able to form a bond and thereby can be monodentate (if only one of these atoms are present) or polydentate (if multiple of these atoms are present). I think we also have to keep in mind that there should be a proper amount of distance between these atoms so as to allow them to bind. In addition, atoms with a lone pair and a formal charge of (-1), as is for Nitrogen in many cases, indicate possible areas for binding.
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