Consider the following compound:

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Why it is named 1-ethoxypropan-2-ol and not 2-ethoxypropan-1-ol?


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    $\begingroup$ 1-Ethoxypropan-2-ol and 2-ethoxypropan-1-ol are different compounds; therefore, this is not mainly a problem of nomenclature rules. You should try to draw both compounds. $\endgroup$ – Loong Jan 12 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ I've replaced the formula (which could be interpreted ambiguously) with the image, probably this can also assist you in understanding how the name emerges. $\endgroup$ – andselisk Jan 12 at 9:00
  • $\begingroup$ @andselisk Skeletal formula with inconsistent carbon explicitness can have other problems… $\endgroup$ – mykhal Jan 12 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ @mykhal I'm not sure what you mean by " inconsistent carbon explicitness" (hidden labels for carbons/hydrogens?), but feel free to roll back my edit if you think it adds confusion:) $\endgroup$ – andselisk Jan 12 at 11:44
  • $\begingroup$ @andselisk Right. But, whether the structure formula change is useful depends on why Abhishek thinks it should be named differently. I mean, it might be useful, but rather as an answer; implanting into the question might not help understanding Q. author thought process. $\endgroup$ – mykhal Jan 13 at 7:15