I want to know the products of reaction of Methyl Cyanide with nitroethane in presence of (Sodium ethoxide + ethanol) and then hydrolysed in concentrated Acidic medium.

According to me ,reaction should be like shown in below pictureReaction

Can anyone confirm me if mine is correct? If not,then please tell the correct products.Thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ look up the Nef reaction $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Nov 4 '20 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Waylander That contains the hydrolysis of nitro group part and seeing that I think mine is correct.Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Ashu tosh
    Nov 5 '20 at 3:14
  • $\begingroup$ Except for the carbon atom with 5 bonds. And is this really only a 'hydrolysis'? $\endgroup$ Nov 5 '20 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Ashutosh yes, I imagined it was a typo, but you know, if this were a test, they would not forgive that. The small pain I'm causing to your brain by pointing this out might help you avoid this mistake when it matters :) $\endgroup$ Nov 6 '20 at 19:15
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    $\begingroup$ Concerning the hydrolysis: if you boil a carboxylic acid ester with water and a catalyst, you get an alcohol and an acid. None of the atoms involved changes oxidation state. In your reaction, would you say it's the same? See this and this. So I was pointing out the fact that there's more to it than just addition of water followed by some cleavage. $\endgroup$ Nov 6 '20 at 19:16

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