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Grignard Synthesis - need help naming product

  1. Aug 1, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the solid that forms during the addition of phenyl magnesium bromide to methyl benzoate (step before triphenylmethanol)?

    2. Relevant equations
    See below.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know the structure of the product, but I don't know exactly how to name it. The product has a carbon bonded to three phenyls, and the fourth bond is to OMgBr.
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  3. Aug 1, 2007 #2


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    There aren't three phenyls in the product. You are adding one phenyl group to methylbenzoate, which has only one phenyl group itself. If you are adding 2 equivalents of the grignard, you are correct but the question specifically asks for the product "...(step before triphenylmethanol)".
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