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When a metal atom combines with a nonmetal atom, the nonmetal atom will

$ (a)\;\text{lose electrons and decrease in size} \\(b)\;\text{lose electrons and increase in size} \\ (c)\;\text{ gain electrons and decrease in size} \\ (d)\;\text {gain electrons and increase in size} $
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Metals tend to lose electrons (becoming smaller ions) while nonmetals tend to gain electrons and become larger ions.
Hence c is the correct answer.
answered Mar 14, 2014 by meena.p
 

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