I was reading my textbook and this website. I just cannot find the mechanism for what happens when we go from CH3CH2OSO3H to ethanol by the addition of water and heat.
I understand the electrophillic addition part.
But, what happens next? Is there some kind of Sn2 reaction to make HSO4- the leaving group? Then, why does the EtOH2+ molecule give out one of its acidic protons to HSO4- and not to H2O which is a more powerful base?
I hate when my textbook leaves out the details and I obsess on them :(