Answer to Question #3924 in Organic Chemistry for Luqman Aslam
Why esterification is faster in case of formic acid
Some groups, such as the alkyl group are less electron-withdrawing than hydrogen and are therefore considered as electron-releasing. This is electron releasing character and is indicated by the +I effect. It facilitates Loss of water from this oxonium ion ( and subsequent deprotonation gives the ester)
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