# Formal charge of oxygen in protonated alcohol [closed]

When ethanol is attacked by positive hydrogen ion, how can the oxygen atom acquire formal positive charge? I tried calculation it as : $\frac{6-4}{2-1}$ which gives answer 3, but the answer should be 1. Can someone explain this?

## closed as unclear what you're asking by airhuff, Klaus-Dieter Warzecha, Todd Minehardt, ron, Jannis AndreskaFeb 14 '17 at 14:48

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## 1 Answer

I guess you need the answer using Lewis dot structure, so I used the same.