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What are the main uses of non-metals?


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Like metals, non-metals also play an important role in our lives. They help us in many ways. For example,

  • We breathe oxygen which is the basis of life of all living things including human beings. Without it, no living beings can exist alive on this earth.

  • Carbon dioxide which is a non-metal oxide is essential for plants to carry out photosynthesis.

  • Non-metals like nitrogen and phosphorus are used in fertilisers for better yield of plants. Phosphorus is used in manufacturing matchsticks and fireworks.


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