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The maximum number of stereoisomers possible for 2-hydroxy-2-methylbutanoic acid is

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1
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2
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4
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3
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Solution

The correct option is B 2
Structure of 2-Hydroxy-2-methylbutanoic acid is
For a compound having only one chiral centre, two optical isomers are possible. These are non-superimposable mirror images called enantiomers. Their absolute configurations will be R and S.

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