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H → Group 1A → 1 val. e- x 3
P → Group 5A → 5 val. e- x 1
O → Group 6A → 6 val. e- x 4
H → can only form 1 bond
O → prefers to follow octet rule → forms 2 bonds and have 2 lone pairs
P → can have expanded octet
Draw the Lewis structure for H3PO4. If necessary, expand the octet on appropriate atoms to lower formal charge.
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