# How many lone pairs are on the central atom in XeOF_2?

Dec 3, 2016

The central $X e$ atom is having $2$ lone pairs in the molecule, $X e O {F}_{2}$.

#### Explanation:

Here in this molecule, the Xenon $\left(X e\right)$ atom is the central atom, which has total $8$ valent electrons.

So, $2$ of the valence electrons of $X e$ atom will get bonded to the two $F$ atoms.

Again more two valence electrons of $X e$ atom will get bonded to the $O$ atom.

So, now there are total $4$ unbonded valance electrons left with the $X e$ atom.

So, the central xenon atom will have $2$ lone pairs in the molecule, $X e O {F}_{2}$.