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These two elements when bonded together form an ionic bond as the Magnesium loses its two valence electrons to the Sulfur atom. Both atoms then have complete outer electron shells. The Magnesium atom has a +2 charge and the Sulfur atom has a -2 charge. This is what causes the attraction that bonds these two atoms.
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This is an ionic bond.  Magnesium, found in group 2, has 2 valence electrons and needs to release them to become stable.  Sulfur, found in group 16, has 6 valence electrons and takes two from magnesium to become stable.
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