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What is primarily responsible for the hardness of diamond?

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Hydrogen bonding
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Ionic bonding
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Network bonding
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London dispersion force
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Metallic bonding
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Solution

The correct option is D Network bonding
Network bonding is primarily responsible for the hardness of diamond. Carbon atoms bond to form tetrahedral network of covalent bonds. Diamonds have no natural breaking points and are hence, very difficult to break.

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