Is the dehydrohalogenation of alkyl halides (containing only 1 halogen atom) always β-elimination, excluding carbocation rearrangements?

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    $\begingroup$ Not at all. If there's acidic hydrogen somewhere else then it can react instead of the β one (and it's not the only alternative). $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 11 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please give an example? $\endgroup$
    – R H
    Mar 11 at 1:54
  • $\begingroup$ Well, for example what do you think happens with chloroform when it reacts with a strong base? $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 11 at 22:23


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