Problem: When hydroxylamine acts as a base, which atom accepts the proton?

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Hydroxylamine → NH2OH

O is more electronegative than N → O prefers to keep its electrons

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When hydroxylamine acts as a base, which atom accepts the proton?
The structure of ammonia (NH3) is an N single bonded to three Hs.  The structure of methylamine (CH3NH2) is a C single bonded to three Hs and N, which is single bonded to two Hs.  The structure of hydroxylamine (NH2OH) is an N single bonded to two Hs and O, which is single bonded to H.

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