Answer to Question #3924 in Organic Chemistry for Luqman Aslam

Question #3924
Why esterification is faster in case of formic acid
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Expert's answer
2012-03-20T11:14:22-0400
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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