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I hope my question is not too dumb but hey I am learning from the beginning

so when we have a compound such as 6-ethyl-3methylnonane, obvioysly we arrange the alkyl groups alphabetically. Then if we just follow the numbers, we can get somethign like 3-methyl-6-ethylnonane and that saves the extra step of arranging alkyl groups alphabetically. it's much easier to follow.

So I assume the extra step of arranging things alphabetically comes with a reason behind it? otherwise doesn't make sense to make things harder?

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    $\begingroup$ There is a thing called "alphanumerical order'. For starters, read this: Nomenclature of organic compound $\endgroup$ Sep 26, 2020 at 11:03
  • $\begingroup$ We have established conventions so that compounds have one unambiguous standard name. $\endgroup$
    – Zhe
    Sep 26, 2020 at 22:29

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