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Complete the following reaction:
CH3CH2OH+2[O]alk−−−−KMnO4H2O+ ___ .


A
CH3COOH
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B
HCOOH
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C
CH3COCH3
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D
CH3OH
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Solution

The correct option is A CH3COOH
Potassium permanganate is a strong oxidising agent. When ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is heated in an alkaline solution of KMnO4, it donates nascent oxygen and hence, the compound is converted into ethanoic acid (CH3COOH).
CH3CH2OH(aq)+2[O](g)alkaline KMnO4−−−−−−−−−H2O+CH3COOH(aq)

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