# Which of the compounds has the highest percentage of enol?

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You could expect higher enol content in the following cases:

1.If there is an active methylene group ( or any other acidic $$\ce{C-H}$$ bond )

2.Extended conjugation in the enol form

3.Attainment of aromaticity after enolisation

4.Any intramolecular hydrogen bonding possibility in the enol form

3,4 - there's no α-hydrogen (no enolisable hydrogen).So, no tautomerisation takes place

1- has 99% keto content

2- is expected to have more enol content due to extended conjugation of the π-electrons of the double bond formed after enolisation with the phenyl rings.

ANS: 2 has the highest enol content.

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### Tapi

Updated on January 30, 2023

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Which of the compounds has the highest percentage of enol?

1. $$\ce{CH3-CHO}$$

2. $$\ce{Ph2-CH-CHO}$$

3. $$\ce{Ph-CO-Ph}$$

4. Parabenzoquinone

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