When does oxygen exhibit +2 oxidation state in the compound?

Since fluorine is more electronegative than oxygen, the oxidation state of oxygen is positive and is +2 in OF2.


In F2O:

⇒ 2×(−1) + x =0

⇒ x = +2

The fluorine is more electronegative and has an oxidation state of -1. In this case, the oxygen has an oxidation state of +2. The oxidation for each fluorine is negative, and the combined oxidation number for two fluorine is negative two. Therefore, to balance the charges, oxygen has a +2 oxidation state.

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