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Would the line structure of formaldehyde, H2COH, simply be a straight line with a OH on the end of the line?

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Formaldehyde, $\ce{H_2CO}$, has the following structure

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There is no $\ce{OH}$ group, just a central carbon atom with a single bond to each of two hydrogens and a double bond to oxygen.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I don't know why I thought there was a hydroxyl group all of a sudden! Guess I was thinking of formic acid! $\endgroup$ – Dissenter May 9 '14 at 21:13
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When you omit the hydrogens, it would be a straight double line with an O at the end.

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