# Which of the following has higher enol content?

Which of the following has higher enol content?

The enol form of (A) and (B) is:

Both the enols have hydrogen bonding.

If the oxygen were to accept the pi electrns from carbon forming a carbocation like this (a resonance structure):

the compound becomes stabilized due to resonance as well. So isn't (B) the answer?

• You think right. It is the question itself that is wrong (too easy). It should have contained a double bond in (A) as well, and that's where things would start getting somewhat interesting. – Ivan Neretin Dec 25 '15 at 9:02
• If there was another double bond in (A), then its resonance structure will be anti aromatic, making it unstable. Is that correct? – Aditya Dev Dec 25 '15 at 9:04
• Exactly! While (B) is aromatic and feels quite well. – Ivan Neretin Dec 25 '15 at 9:06
• @AdityaDev - Since you are correct, consider expanding on your explanation and posting it as an answer to your own question. If you are able to do so, you are encouraged to answer your own question. – Ben Norris Dec 25 '15 at 12:12
• OK. I will post an answer. – user23939 Dec 25 '15 at 12:13

But the resonance structure of enol form of (B) is aromatic. It contains $6$ $\pi$-electrons: