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- As far as I understand, it hasn't yet been verified that Neon has any true compounds (see ), as opposed to Xenon, therefore it still qualifies as a true inert gas.--leandros 09:29, 13 Aug 2004 (UTC)
If you come to this article for information you quickly come to this paragraph, which is unclear (to me) to say the least:
Unlike noble gases, an inert gas is not necessarily elemental and is often a compound gas. Like the noble gases the tendency for non-reactivity is due to the valence, the outermost electron shell, being complete in all the inert gases. This is a tendency, not a rule, as noble gases and other "inert" gases can react to form compounds.
I don't think this is to do with the subject being complicated, more a result of foggy writing. I don't know enough about the matter to rewrite it myself; but "Unlike noble gases, an inert gas ... " jars with me, as some noble gases can be inert. What is the significance of inert being in quote marks? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 22:23, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Somebody with a potty mouth has added garbage to the first paragraph. I'm no expert editor so I am asking someone who knows how to track hidden inserts into the text (which this seems to be - I don't see the potty text when trying to edit) to fix this little problem. Many regards, 184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:57, 17 December 2013 (UTC)