ethyl alcohol is neutral where as phenol is acidic why?

  1. jite profile image39
    jiteposted 7 years ago

    ethyl alcohol is neutral where as phenol is acidic why?

  2. johnsams profile image69
    johnsamsposted 7 years ago

    This is because there is no resonance in alkoxide ion, while due to resonance in phenoxide ion, the I and V resonating structures increase the stability of phenoxide ion.

  3. koirbiku profile image70
    koirbikuposted 7 years ago

    I just Published a hub about this, feel free to check it out and see if that helps:
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Acidity-of-Alco … r-alcohols

 
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