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in complex ions like [CrCl4]- are the ligands covalently bonded to the cation? watch

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    Asking because they are both ions so normally it should be ionic bond.
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    (Original post by thebrahmabull)
    Asking because they are both ions so normally it should be ionic bond.
    Bonds are neither fully ionic nor fully covalent.
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    (Original post by alow)
    Bonds are neither fully ionic nor fully covalent.
    They are dative covalent bonds right?
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    Transition metal compounds are confusing, as no two are the same, they're a mix of both ionic and covalent, but formally it is dative as both electrons come from the chloride anion.
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    (Original post by Spudgunhimself)
    Transition metal compounds are confusing, as no two are the same, they're a mix of both ionic and covalent, but formally it is dative as both electrons come from the chloride anion.
    Thank you
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    Hi there, i can see where youre coming from, they are both ions. But they are coordinately/ datively bonded. Because if the look up the difinition for ligand, it is a species that can donate a lone pair of electrons to a transition metal ion to form a coordinate bond. Hope this helps
 
 
 
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