Which of the following orders is true regarding the acidic nature of phenol?

  1. A

    Phenol > o-Cresol > o-Nitropheno

  2. B

    Phenol > o-Cresol < o-Nitrophenol

  3. C

    Phenol < o-Cresol > o-Nitrophenol

  4. D

    Phenol < o-Cresol < o-Nitrophenol

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    Solution:

    Methyl group is activating group (electron release to benzene) and nitro group is deactivating group (electron withdrawal group). Methyl group will make release of  H+ more difficult and nitro group will make it more easy.

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