# How do you draw the Lewis structure for the hypobromite ion, BrO^-?

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Jan 19, 2018

Well, if two atoms are in space, how do they connect?

Given that $\text{Br}$ has $7$ valence electrons and ${\text{O}}^{-}$ has $7$ valence electrons (i.e. including the $-$ charge), we have $14$ valence electrons to distribute.

Halogens usually make one bond and have three lone pairs of electrons. With that, it is enough to come up with:

$: \ddot{\text{Br"-ddot"O}} {:}^{\left(-\right)}$
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