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Why do metals and nonmetals react?

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Answered 2009-04-17 16:47:46

Do you mean 'why do metals and nonmetals react together?' Well here's the answer for the Q I think you requested: Not all metals and nonmetals react. Some nonmetals like the nobles gases (elements like helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon) are very unreactive and won't react with metals. But some metals and nonmetals react to form an Ionic compound because they are more stable once reacted to form a product.

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