Which of the following order regarding the acidity of aromatic acids is correct?

  1. A

    benzoic acid> p-toluic acid> p-hydroxybenzoic acid

  2. B

    benzoic acid > p-toluic acid< p-hydroxybenzoic acid

  3. C

    benzoic acid <p-toluic acid> p-hydroxybenzoic acid

  4. D

    benzoic acid < p-toluic acid< p-hydroxybenzoic acid

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    Solution:

    Electron releasing group decreases the acidity of benzoic acid. Hydroxyl group is more powerful activator than methyl group.

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