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What does it mean to have a minimun formal charge in dealing with Lewis Dot Structures?

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    Compounds that have no formal charge usually are the preferred ones but if a formal charge is necessary we strive for the lower numbers; i.e., a formal charge of +1 on one atom and a -1 on another is better than +4 on one and -3 and -1 on two other atoms.

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