In Cannizzaro reaction given below: 

2PhCHOOHPhCH2OH+PhCO2 

The slowest step is

  1. A

    The abstraction of proton from the carboxylic group

  2. B

    The deprotonation of PhCH2OH

  3. C

    The attack of  -OH at the carboxylic group

  4. D

    The transfer of hydride to the carbonyl group

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    Solution:

    The mechanism of the reaction involves the following steps.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The shifting of hydride ion to the carbonyl group is the slowest step.

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