Why dont ketones react with mono alcohols to give acetals unlike aldehyde? They are very similar and almost share all general reactions. However, there was no reaction of ketones with mono alcohol but only with dialcohols. I looked for it around the book but couldn't find the reason. Or I am completely in illusion and they react with mono alcohols similarly as aldehydes and it's just that example wasn't given?

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    $\begingroup$ They do, the same way aldehydes do. $\endgroup$ – szentsas Aug 12 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ Are you talking acetals or hemiacetals? Acetals (ketals) form with methanol, ethanol and other monohydric alcohols under acid catalysis. $\endgroup$ – user55119 Aug 12 at 23:43

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