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11 January, 12:05

In the hydrolysis of ethyl ethanoate, what will happen when the reaction is catalysed by an alkali?

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  1. 11 January, 13:13
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    That is exactly what happens when esters are hydrolysed by water or by dilute acids such as dilute hydrochloric acid. The alkaline hydrolysis of esters actually involves reaction with hydroxide ions, but the overall result is so similar that it is lumped together with the other two.
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