why alcohols are acidic in nature

why alcohols are acidic in nature


2 Answers

Rahul Kumar
131 Points
10 years ago

It can have different answers depending upon situation.
It is acidic as it reacts with sodium metal to liberate hydrogen gas. It is a typical acidic property.
It is basic as a proton can protonate oxygen atom because oxygen has two lone pairs of electrons.

R-O-H + H+ ------------> [ROH2]+
It is neutral to litmus.
It is amphoteric as it can behave as an acid and a base.

Likith Narayan ss
19 Points
10 years ago

the general formula of alcohols is R-OH H+ ion is easily removed due to stable alkoxy ion [R-O]-since proton donor is acid therefore alcohols are acidic in nature

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