chloroethanoic acid is added to an alkaline solution of phenol. Give the structural formula of the organic product formed and state what type of reaction takes place.
it is from a past exam paper and i got no one to check my answer, which I'm a bit unsure of.
The Attempt at a Solution
i believe a displacement reaction occurs. chloroethanoic acid is stronger than phenol. the phenoxide anion(phenol in alkaline solution) will be displaced into phenol, and the ethanoate anion will be formed.
is it that which happens, or another reaction. i don't know if esterification might occur with chloroethanoic acid because it doesn't occur with carboxylic acids.