My textbook says the following on Etard's reaction:

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Now, if the alkyl group attached to benzene is an unsymmetrical or branched alkyl group, such as this:
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What will be the reaction product(s)? Which terminal carbon will be oxidised to a carbonyl carbon?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know which book you used to get that information for ethyl benzene, but this is wrong. See chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/140039/… (related) It is 1 of the products, but by no means major. Higher alkanes attached further undergo several different rearrangements giving chloride aldehyde and ketone isomers hence this reaction is only preferred for toluene $\endgroup$ Jul 29 at 7:22
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    $\begingroup$ You'll get a mixture $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Jul 29 at 8:41

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