I was wondering if there are any substitution products present when a strong base/weak nucleophile (such as tert-butoxide) reacts with a primary or secondary alkyl halide. I know that the E2 products are strongly favored, however, is there still some very minor Sn2 products that form in these kinds of reactions?

If so, would all reactions that occur have very minor products of the opposite reaction type even though that specific type is not favored?

I would appreciate any help I can get with this.



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