Carbon and silicon both belong to the group 14, but despite the stoichiometric similarity, the dioxides, (i.e., carbon dioxide and silicon dioxide), differ in their structures. Comment.

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Carbon in group 14 has the ability to form stable p-p bonds with itself and other elements of the first row.

With CO_{2} ­  the link formed between the atoms is a double bond.

The silicon does not form p-p bonds easily and instead link by single covalent bonds due to its large nuclear size.

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