In the Friedel-Craft's alkylation of Toluene with $\ce{CH3Cl}$ in the presence of $\ce{AlCl3}$, the major product was meta - substituted. My teacher gave it to me as an exception. Is there any particular reason behind this reaction ?

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    $\begingroup$ I could hazard a guess at an answer, but would rather not, as there are some things which really need to be clarified first. (1) Is this "major product" you're referring to obtained under thermodynamic control, or kinetic control? (2) Does this "major product" result from multiple substitutions, or only one? (3) Spellings: it's "Friedel-Crafts", "toluene", and chlorine is "Cl", not "cl". $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Jun 8 at 6:33
  • $\begingroup$ Appreciate Appreciate $\endgroup$ – Niescte Jun 8 at 6:37
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    $\begingroup$ Funny how, i don't see these questions when i look them up. $\endgroup$ – Niescte Jun 8 at 6:39
  • $\begingroup$ Really i dont think meta xylene is the major product here. atleast thats what my teacher taught me $\endgroup$ – Vamsi Krishna Jun 8 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ @VAMSIKRISHNACHILAKAMARRI, I think you should also consider the points in my comment, minus the spelling one, of course. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Jun 8 at 15:58