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    I understand that nucleophiles are lone pair donors, but what makes them want to give up the lone pair?
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    I understand that nucleophiles are lone pair donors, but what makes them want to give up the lone pair?
    Nothing. They neither have personal volition nor consciousness ...
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    They don't "give up" their lone pair, they use it to form a bond - a shared pair of electrons.

    What attracts electrons? Regardless of what master charco says, electrons don't go for a good sense of humour or looks, they go for enthusiasm, certainty, confidence etc. essentially they go for positivity. Give them a bit of positiveness and they're anyone's. Whether that be a bit of delta positiveness or a full blown ionic positive charge, they just love it.
 
 
 
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