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The ability of an element to catenate is primarily based on the bond energy of the element to itself. 
-This ability is also influenced by a range of steric and electronic factors, including the electronegativity of the element in question, the molecular orbital hybridization and the ability to form different kinds of covalent bonds. 

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That is if carbon does not shows catenation property then no hydrocarbons will be there.So many substances are formed with carbon only due to its catenation.
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If the carbon does not show the catenation it would not be stable and it cannot share the atoms 
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Catenation is the linkage of atoms of the same element into longer chains and this is higher in carbon and if carbon does not show catenation then the linkage of atoms of same elements will not happen.
Hope u would understand.
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