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Homework Help: Naming the following benzene structure

  1. Sep 18, 2011 #1
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    i understand that benzoate is derived from carboxylic acid (COOH) to which isopropyl has replaced the H, forming a benzoate substituent to which we derive the parent name of the structure. I understand that Chloro is the name for the Cl substituent and that it is joined to C2. What i dont understand is why the structure is called:


    as opposed to


    does it possibly have something to do with the fact that 2-chloroisopropylbenzoate does not specify whether the Cl substituent is joined to C2 on isopropyl or benzene? Or does the isopropyl group take priority over the Cl group?

    isopropyl-2-chlorobenzoate isnt alphabetised and thats what confuses me the most here.

    Not quite sure and in need of a little help. Thankyou.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
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  3. Sep 18, 2011 #2


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    That would be my understanding - chloroisopropyl suggests to me chlorine attached to isopropyl, not to the benzene ring.
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