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Why are all diatomic molecules diatomic molecules linear, regardless of the number of valence electron pairs on the atom?

i don't understand this question

what is meant by linear?

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    Linear means that the atoms lie on a straight line. You can't draw H-H, N-N, O-O, F-F, Cl-Cl, Br-Br, etc any other way than a straight line. Of course you can draw them as
    H
    |
    H
    or as
    Cl
    |
    Cl
    BUT that's still a straight line.

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