Convert propanoic acid into ethanoic acid?

Propanoic acid when reacts with an excess amount of ammonia gives propanamide. Propanamide on further reacting with bromine and potassium hydroxide (Hoffmann bromamide degradation reaction) results in ethylamine. Ethylamine converts into azo salt, on diazotization, which gives ethanol on treating with water. At last, ethanol on oxidation gives ethanoic acid.

Propanoic acid into ethanoic acid

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