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If you mean delta H formation, I think it's because we measure delta H formation relative to what the compound "normally" is. At 25 degrees Celsius and 1 atm, oxygen is usually O2(g). So, it doesn't take any additional energy to transform O2(g) from O2(g)
Yeah just to re-iterate, the standard enthalpy of formation has to always do with getting something to its most stable form; so for diatomic molecules (like O2) it is already in its most stable form, thus its standard enthalpy of formation would be 0.
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