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I was wondering if it was okay if the way we draw our Lewis structure was different from the solutions manual, in that it has the same number of valence electrons and each element is correctly bonded, but the structuring and order is different? This example is CH3OH.
I don't think it matters if it looks different from the answer in the solutions manual, as long as it has the same number of valence electrons and it's correctly bonded, then you’re fine. If anything it would be resonance.
I believe that these two structures are essentially the same things because, as you said, they have equal numbers of bonds and electrons. Also, remember that resonance structures show the possible combinations of where electrons may be in the electron “cloud” so in actuality the electrons move around the atom with some combination those structures.
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