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Arrange the following elements in the increasing order of electronegativity.

A
Carbon (C)
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Silicon (Si)
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C
Germanium (Ge)
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Tin (Sn)
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Solution

All the given elements belong to group 14. Down the group, electronegativity decreases because atomic size increases and effective nuclear charge decreases.
So the correct order of electronegativity is Sn < Ge < Si < C.

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