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Alcohols

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Direct oxidation of which of the following can result in a carboxylic acid?

A Secondary alcohol
B Tertiary alcohol
C Primary alcohol
D All the above
Ans. C Primary alcohols can be converted (oxidized) directly to carboxylic acids. Oxidation of secondary alcohols results in ketones. In some rare cases, secondary alcohols can be converted into carboxylic acids using very strong oxidizing agents, but generally that is not the case. Tertiary alcohols cannot be oxidized. So the best choice is C.

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