Explain why the OH group in phenols is


Explain why the OH group in phenols is more strongly held as compared to OH group in alcohols.


The –OH group in phenol is directly attached to the sp2hybridized carbon atom of the benzene ring. The carbon-oxygen bond length in phenol is smaller as compared to

the carbon-oxygen bond length in alkyl alcohol and this is due to the partial double bond character or due to the resonance and charge distribution in phenol.

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