I. reacts with oxygen to form an acidic oxide
II. forms ionic chlorides
III. has variable oxidation states
IV. displaces hydrogen from dilute HCl

A. I and III only
B. I and II only
C. II and IV only
D. I, II, III and IV

Correct Answer:

Option C – II and IV only


– Ionization behaviour; The atoms of non-metals usually have four to seven valence electrons. They have a great tendency to ionize by accepting electrons to form negative ions.

– Reaction with acids; A metal which is more electro positive than hydrogen readily displaces the hydrogen ion, H+, from an acid.

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