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Ethanol on complete oxidation gives __________.
  1. acetaldehyde
  2. acetic acid
  3. acetone
  4. carbon dioxide


Solution

The correct option is B acetic acid
Alcohols on oxidation gives carboxylic acids. Therefore, ethanol on oxidation gives ethanoic acid or acetic acid (CH3COOH). The reaction occurs as follows:
CH3CH2OH(l) Alkaline KMnO4−−−−−−−−−[O]CH3COOH(l)    Ethanol                                  Ethanoic acid

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