SF4 contains four bonded and one nonbonded electron domains, giving a trigonal bipyramidal e- domain geometry and a see saw molecular geometry (AX4E). The bond angles are compressed relative to those in a perfect trigonal bipyramid due to the lone pair spreading out more in space than bonded pairs. The lone pair is in an equatorial rather than axial position because that arrangment minimizes electrostatic repulsion with the bonded electron domains.

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