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What's the difference between an electrophile and a nucleophile?

It's really useful to know that 'phile' means love.

Electrophiles 'love' negative charge - this means they are attracted to regions of negative charge. And as such they tend to be positively charged.

Similarily, nucleophiles 'love' positive charge, so they tend to be negatively charged and will seek out postively charged regions.

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