Claisen condensation involves nucleophilic substitution in esters by an enolate (formed by removing an alpha-H from an ester or a ketone) giving a beta-keto ester or a diketone.
My textbook says that for the reaction between ketone and ester, the ketone always forms the enolate by losing it's alpha-H . But why can't the ester form the enolate here? What will happen if the ester has alpha-Hs and the ketone dosen't?
Does it the O on the alcohol side of the enolate ester help in delocalizing the negative charge via an inductive effect making it less effecive as a nucleophile?
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