# Why methanoic acid is more acidic than phenol? [duplicate]

If you draw the resonatic structure, obviously, the conjugate base of phenol seems to be more stabilized than methanoic acid's. Then why this anomaly?

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• Can someone find a duplicate which says that it's not the number of resonance structures that matters, but rather the extent of their contribution? This question has been asked too many times. – orthocresol Feb 9 '16 at 14:47
• obviously, the conjugate base of phenol seems to be more stabilized than methanoic acid's No, I do not think this is obvious at all. As @orthocresol pointed out, the number of resonance structures is of secondary importance compared to their individual stability and contribution. – bon Feb 9 '16 at 15:32