Esters are fairly insoluble in water , however one of the products of an esterification reaction is water , hence by washing the ester as a method of purification you are adding more water and increasing the concentration of water , would this not cause an equilibrium shift and hence result in a lower concentration of the ester ?

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    $\begingroup$ It would, if not for the fact that the reaction is pretty slow. $\endgroup$ Apr 12, 2017 at 13:35


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