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# Why does Sulfide have a 2 Charge?

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## Sulfur belongs to Group-16 of the p-block. Its atomic number is 16.Its electronic configuration is$1{\mathrm{s}}^{2}2{\mathrm{s}}^{2}2{\mathrm{p}}^{6}3{\mathrm{s}}^{2}3{\mathrm{p}}^{4}$. If it attains a $-2$ charge or gains two electrons. Its electronic configuration will be as follows$1{\mathrm{s}}^{2}2{\mathrm{s}}^{2}2{\mathrm{p}}^{6}3{\mathrm{s}}^{2}3{\mathrm{p}}^{6}$. This electronic configuration is that of Argon which is a noble gas.The noble gas configuration is the most stable due to completely filled orbitals. Hence, Sulfide has a 2 Charge.

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