Does the nitrate ion have one long ##N¬O## bond and two short ##N¬O## bonds?
If anything, you might predict that NO₃⁻ has one short N-O bond and two long ones. But all N-O bonds in NO₃⁻ are the same length.
You can draw three equivalent Lewis structures for NO₃⁻. Each has an N=O double bond and two N-O single bonds.
The actual structure is none of these. It is a resonance hybrid of them all.
All three bonds have exactly the same length.
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