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Why are carboxylic acids more acidic

Question:

Why are carboxylic acids more acidic than alcohols or phenols although all of them have a hydrogen atom attached to an oxygen atom (—O—H)?

Solution:

Due to the resonance in carboxylic acids, the negative charge is at the more electronegative oxygen whereas, in alcohols or phenols, the negative charge is on a less

electronegative atom. Thus, carboxylic acids can release proton easier than alcohols or phenols.

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