We’re being asked to **determine the preferred structure (i.e. most favorable formal charge)** for **XeO**_{3}.

For this problem, we need to compare the formal charge of each structure.

Recall that the formula for the ** formal charge** is:

$\overline{){\mathbf{F}}{\mathbf{.}}{\mathbf{C}}{\mathbf{.}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{Group}}{\mathbf{}}{\mathbf{Number}}{\mathbf{-}}{\mathbf{(}}{\mathbf{Bonds}}{\mathbf{+}}{\mathbf{Nonbonding}}{\mathbf{}}{{\mathbf{e}}}^{{\mathbf{-}}}{\mathbf{)}}}$

**To do so, we need to do the following steps:**

*Step 1:* Determine the central atom in this molecule.

*Step 2:* Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

*Step 3:* Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

*Step 4:* Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom.

Which of the Lewis structures for XeO_{3} yields the most favorable formal charges for the molecule?

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