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Since the acetyl group provides $-M$, methyl $+I$ and chlorine $-I$, it is obvious that the correct order is as given in option $(a)$

However while solving such questions I would compare the inductive effect as well as resonance effect. Thats where I wondered what could be the inductive effect acetyl group has to offer

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes I'm aware of that. This is a straightforward question. I couldn't decide whether it shows +I or -I. $\endgroup$
    – DatBoi
    Aug 11, 2020 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't get you. Which carbon is electron deficient and why? The other is amino group $\endgroup$
    – DatBoi
    Aug 11, 2020 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ So, it would be better if you could post an image of the question and what your thoughts were. is it $\ce{-COCH3}$? and $\ce{-NH2}$. the groups attached. If so then the carbon attached is electron deficient and so has a -I effect $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2020 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ You should draw the resonance structures. In the para- position, the inductive effect is dwarfed by the resonance contribution. $\endgroup$
    – Zhe
    Aug 11, 2020 at 13:23


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