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In my organic chemistry class, we were taught that reacting butene and ethanol with an acid catalyzer present would yield acid-catalyzed hydration. However, I was not able to reach a conclusion to what would happen if the acid wasn't present. In other words what would happen if we tried to react a butene with ethanol with no acid?

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    $\begingroup$ Nothing would happen. you would just have a solution of butene in ethanol $\endgroup$ – Waylander Sep 30 '19 at 11:18

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