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Carbon has 4 electron in valance shell .so it has partially filled electronic configuration. it is stable.if one elect one donate or accept it will affect the stability.
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Elements/compounds lose or gain electrons only when they are forming ionic bonds, which then makes the two elements/compounds have different charges and attract each other. Carbon will most likely make covalent bonds (I can't think of any examples of ionic carbon bonds) on which instead of losing or gaining any electrons, they are rather shared with other elements. Hope that this helps.
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