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Benzoic acid do not undergo Friedel Crafts reactions. Why?

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The carboxylic group is strongly deactivating.
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The Lewis acid catalyst (AlCl3) gets bonded to the carboxylic group strongly.
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Both of the above.
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None of the above.
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Solution

The correct option is C Both of the above.
Benzoic acid do not undergo Friedel Crafts reactions.
This is because of following reasons.
The carboxylic group is strongly deactivating.
The Lewis acid catalyst (AlCl3) gets bonded to the carboxylic group strongly.

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