# Scale to be considered for comparing electronegativities of nitrogen and chlorine

The Pauling scale gives the $$\chi$$ values of $$\ce{N}$$ and $$\ce{Cl}$$ to be $$3.04$$ and $$3.16,$$ respectively, but the Allen scale gives the $$\chi$$ values of $$\ce{N}$$ and $$\ce{Cl}$$ to be $$3.066$$ and $$2.869,$$ respectively.

Another point that should be made note of is that the most electronegative element as per Allen scale is $$\ce{Ne}$$. So, why is it accepted in the first place? And whose electronegativity is actually greater?

• It is best to consider them equally electronegative if in different compounds but consider N more electronegative if in the same compound. Mar 31 '20 at 11:06
• Is this just your opinion, or you can provide a reputable source or logical arguments to back up this claim? Mar 31 '20 at 11:23
• Unanswered duplicate: Which is more electronegative: chlorine or nitrogen? Mar 31 '20 at 11:33
• In NCL3 - reactions and uses is listed $\ce{NCl3 + 3 H2O -> NH3 + 3 HOCl}$ what gives a hint of higher N electronegativity, also mentioning moderate polarity. Mar 31 '20 at 14:23
• @Poutnik But doesn't cite source and that would be plenty wacky too get such strong oxidiser and moderate reducer out of such reaction,,, Apr 1 '20 at 1:52