How many resonance structures does CH3O- have?

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Nov 25, 2015

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The negative charge on the oxygen atom is conceived to be localized on the oxygen centre. And it has no resonance isomers available.

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The methoxide anion is conceptually a much stronger base than hydroxide; so that, should it placed in water, proton transfer to methanol and hydroxide formation would occur.

#H_3CO^(-) + H_2O rarr H_3COH + HO^-#

Of course, methoxide anion can also act as a nucleophile.

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