# Amine group - electron donating or withdrawing group?

Is the amine group a donating or withdrawing group? I think it depends on resonance. If the amine group can participate in resonance, the amine group is inductively donating. Resonance depictions below.

• You are right, when the amine group takes part in resonance through its free electron pair it donates elctrons - but not inductively but through conjugation. When it can't conjugatively use its electron pair the rather high electronegativity of $\ce{N}$ comes into play and the amine group exerts an inductive electron-withdrawing effect on neighboring carbon atoms. – Philipp Sep 4 '14 at 16:04