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What is the correct lewis structure of ammonium cyanate ion? I do have a structure but it seems partially correct. If I'm wrong, then please inform that also. enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ $\ce{NH3 }$ has a lone pair, $\ce{NH4^+ }$ doesn't. $\endgroup$ – MaxW Feb 8 '19 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ What lone pair? NH4+ has none. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Feb 8 '19 at 17:57
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First thing is that there will be no lone pair in nitrogen as the lone pair is donated to the 4th H+ ion. This forms the ammonium ion.

Now, cyanate ion is formed by [OCN]-. The negative charge is due to the three lone pairs in O (instead of two). enter image description here

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