What is Covalency?How to find the covalency of any element

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covaqlency is the number of pairs of electrons an atom can share . 

for example the covalency of oxygen is 2

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Covalency is the property of atoms of different elements to form bonds with atoms of the same element or other elements.

Covalency of an element can be determined by knowing their electronic configuration. 

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it is the no of orbitals available for bonding in an atom

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