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Will the formation of a dative bond change the oxidation number?

  1. Jul 17, 2013 #1
    Consider NH3, if it forms a dative bond with an H+ to form an ammonium ion, will the oxidation number of N change from +3 to +5? My reasoning is that it uses 5 electrons in bonding.

    Is that correct?
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