# What is the Lewis structure for a nitrate ion?

${N}^{+} \left(= O\right) {\left({O}^{-}\right)}_{2}$
Electrons to distribute: $\left(3 \times 6 + 5 + 1\right) = 24 \cdot {e}^{-}$ from the oxygens, the nitrogen atom, and from the negative charge.