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Ehylbenzene can be brominated at carbon number 1 or 2, but electrophilic substitution takes place only at C1, why?

Ehylbenzene can be brominated at carbon number 1 or 2, but electrophilic substitution takes place only at C1, why?

Grade:12

1 Answers

Vikas TU
14149 Points
5 years ago
electrophilic substitution takes place only at C1 as C1 carbon would be higly stable due to carbocation formed after electrophilic substitution there.
As that carbocation would be in Resonance with the benzene and also shows hyperconjugation.

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