Anhydrous MeOH in HCl

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Hey guys, I was wondering.. would HCl in anhydrous MeOH give esterification reaction (convert carboxylic acid to ester) or do we require aqueous conditions?
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It would but it would compete with the reaction of HCl with methanol to produce methyl chloride and water... which would slow the process of esterification. Usually you use a non-reactive acid, like sulfuric, in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischer%E2%80%93Speier_esterification" [Broken]
 
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