# Is there any selectivity between the C-2 and C-4 positions of pyridine in SNAr reactions?

In nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) reactions on pyridines, displacement of leaving groups at C-2 and C-4 is favoured because the negative charge in the intermediate can be delocalised onto the nitrogen atom.

However, is there any intrinsic difference in the rates of substitution at C-2 and C-4 (assuming the leaving groups at both positions are the same)? If so, why?

1. For an $\ce{S_{N}Ar}$ reaction the electron rich nucleophile must attack. Nitrogen, being highly electronegative, does draw electrons away from the ortho and para positions but because the electron clouds would be larger around nitrogen, it is harder for the nucleophile to approach the ortho than the para. You could think of it as the lone pair on Nitrogen being a steric shield of some sort.