Assertion (A) Ethanol is a weaker acid than phenol.
Reason (R) Sodium ethoxide may be prepared by the reaction of ethanol with aqueous NaOH.
(a) Assertion and reason both are correct and reason is correct explanation of assertion.
(b) Assertion and reason both are wrong statements.
(c) Assertion is correct statement but reason is wrong statement.
(d) Assertion is wrong statement but reason is correct statement.
(e) Both assertion and reason are correct statements but reason is not correct explanation of assertion.
Answer: (c). The assertion is a correct statement but the reason is a wrong statement.
Correct Reason (R): Phenoxide ion is stabilized by resonance but ethoxide ion is not stabilized by resonance.
Resonance in phenoxide ion
Sodium ethoxide can be prepared by reaction of ethanol with sodium.