Problem: Is magnesium oxide ionic or covalent?

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We’re asked to determine if magnesium oxide is ionic or covalent in nature.

The sharing of electrons by two non-metals forms a covalent bond.

The transfer of an electron from metal to non-metal forms an ionic bond.

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Is magnesium oxide ionic or covalent?

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