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why alcohols are acidic in nature

why alcohols are acidic in nature

Grade:12

2 Answers

Rahul Kumar
131 Points
9 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
9 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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