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The correct IUPAC name of a compound was: 4-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-5-ethyloctane.

my question is why not 4-ethyl-5-(1,1-dimethylethyl)octane?

Are prefixes such as di-, tri-, etc. considered for alphabetical order? and what about prefixes such as cyclo, spiro? Are they too taken into consideration for alphabetical order?

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