Problem: Using formal charges, which of these three resonance forms is likely to be the most important?

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We’re being asked to determine the preferred structure 


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


Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


F.C.=Group Number-(Bonds+Nonbonding e-)


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Using formal charges, which of these three resonance forms is likely to be the most important?

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