ClF3 contains three bonded and two nonbonded electron domains, giving a trigonal bipyramidal e- domain geometry and a T-shaped molecular geometry (AX3E2). The bond angles are compressed relative to those in a perfect trigonal bipyramid due to lone pairs spreading out more in space than bonded pairs.

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