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Answered 2010-12-08 15:43:18

Nonmetals tend to form anions (negatively charged) because they gain electrons from the metals.

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Are anions common among non metals?

No, some non metals as Boron and Silicon do not form the anions , but it is still true that most of the non metals usually form anions.


What types of ions do the metallic and the nonmetallic elements form?

Metals form cations and non-metals form anions.


Why do nonmetal atoms form anions when they react to form compounds?

Non-metals have high electroaffinity, they accept electrons from other atoms (generally metals) and from anions.


Which ions formed non metals?

Nonmetals form generally anions.


Which elements gain electrons to form ions?

It is done by Non-metals and metalloids.They form anions


What type of elements form cations?

metals tend to form cations and nonmetals form anions because metals lose electrons and non metals gain electrons


Do metals or nonmetals steal electrons in chemical reactions?

Metals lose electron and non-metals gain electrons. So, non-metals are the ones that steal electrons from metals in a chemical reaction. While metals form cations, non-metals form anions.


What groups of elements are more likely to steal electrons?

Non metals are likely to steal electron. They form anions.



What kind of atoms gain electrons?

Generally non-metals gain electrons and form anions.


What kind of element metal or nonmetal can form an anion?

Non-metals gain electrons. Hence, they can easily form anions.


Do non metals have higher electron affinity than metal?

Yes, non metals except Noble gases have high electron affinity as compare to metals, due to same reason non metals usually form the anions.


Which elements are non- metal?

Group 15,16 ad 17 elements are non metals. They gain electrons to form anions.


Which family of elements in the Periodic Table form bonds by gaining electrons?

Non metals form bonds by gaining electrons. They form anions.


What types of elements tend to form a cation and what type tends to form an anion?

In general, metals form cations (positive ions) and non-metals form anions (negative ions.) This is because metals have fewer valence electrons, and lose them when they bond, and non-metals have more, and gain them when they bond.


What type of element will usually form a covalent bond?

Typically the non metals form covalent bonds. Of course some non metals will also form anions when they react with metals. Some metals can also can form covalent bonds however as their electronegativity is low these bonds are often polar covalent


Why do atoms of non-metals form anions?

Non metals tend to be at the Right Hand Side of the periodic table. They therefore tend to need to GAIN electrons to get a stable octet-noble gas configuration. Gaining electrons mean they become anions. The reverse is true for metals.


Why two non-metals can combine to form a compound but two metals cannot?

Two metals can not form a compound like two non metals can because of alloys, or is it cations or anions. I think this is the answer i took chemistry 3 years ago sorry if this is not right.


Explain why metals tend to form cations while nonmetals tend to form anions?

Metals lose electrons in bonding whilst non-metals gain electrons during ionic bonding hence metals for cations and non-metals form anions. It is difficult for a non metal such as oxygen to lose 6 electrons to form a cation since it would need a lot of energy. When it comes to metals it is also difficult to gain that much elecrons since as electrons are added the effective nuclear charge increases each time.


Do metals loose electrons to form anions?

Metals lose electrons to form positive cations.


If metals loose electrons to non metals are metals now anions?

No, it is not true. When metals loose electrons they become cations.


Which group of elements are most likely to form cations and anions?

Metals tend to form cations while nonmetals tend to form anions.


Do metals form cations or anions?

Metals lose electrons, making them positive cations. Nonmetals gain electrons, making them negative anions.


What kind of element forms anion ater ionic bonding?

Non- metals form anions. They lose electrons during bonding.


What type of compound does not have cations or anions?

Compounds with covalent bonds form molecules not ions Compounds consisting of non-metals bonded to nonmetals do not form ions


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