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Organic Nomenclature - Benzenes

  1. Apr 12, 2009 #1
    http://chemistry.boisestate.edu/people/richardbanks/organic/nomenclature/aromatic3.gif [Broken] is called o-methylethylbenzene, why isnt it instead called o-ethylmethylbenzene? I thought it was alphabetical
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  3. Apr 12, 2009 #2


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    IUPAC says it's alphabetical. In my experience both tend to be fine, people don't stick to that rule so closely.
    o-ethyltoluene would work too.
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