how are carbon atoms transferred between molecules
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They're not, generally.
A case could exist where a covalent bond forms between carbons of two different molecules, A and B, so that they become one molecule. If a different bond then broke in what had been Molecule B so that it dissociated, leaving part of the initial molecule bound to A, the net result would be the "transfer" of one or more carbon atoms from molecule B to molecule A.
But in general, molecules don't "trade" or "transfer" whole atoms. Particularly in biologic systems, where energy barriers involved in bond making and breaking events are, in general, high.
What about in Photosynthesis and Cellular respiration?