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Ligands form coordinate covalent bonds to transition metals because the ligands have lone pairs that can be donated (as a lewis base) to the TM. It is called a coordinate covalent bond because both of the electrons in the covalent bond come from one atom (the ligand) and the TM can accept them because they have free d orbitals
Are there any distinguishing characteristics of coordinate covalent bonds, aside from being a bond between a transition metal and ligand? For example, are they stronger or more stable than other types of bonds?
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