One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘As a result, carbonyl compounds can form carbon anions and act as nucleophiles rather than electrophiles.’
- ‘Alkylating agents are electrophiles that add methyl, ethyl and more complicated alkyl groups to nucleic acid bases.’
- ‘Such reactions require a carbon nucleophile to provide the two electrons for the chemical bond and a carbon electrophile to accept them.’
- ‘Instead, they undergo electrophilic substitution as their characteristic reaction, with hydrogens being replaced by electrophiles such as halogens.’
- ‘Many of these vinyl compounds are made by the reaction of acetylene with electrophiles.’
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