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Bromination of both Z-but-2ene and E-but-2-ene involve syn and anti addition. So, there would be 4 products as suggested in the question. But, I don't understand the terminology of 'trans-addition', mentioned in the question.

What is actually trans addition?

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    $\begingroup$ Uh, I think that the correct term should be "anti" not "trans" $\endgroup$ – CoffeeIsLife Jun 6 '17 at 2:24
  • $\begingroup$ Why do you think there will be syn addition? $\endgroup$ – Zhe Jun 6 '17 at 2:29
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  • $\begingroup$ @Martin Well, I am kinda underskilled at mhChem and with my mobile phone jt's hard to draw chemical structures. So, I am sorry. But I will edit the question. $\endgroup$ – Partha Sarker Jun 6 '17 at 8:06

Just like @QuantumAMERICCINO has pointed out, it's probably anti addition.

Furthermore, you seem to wonder why a syn compound doesn't form. It all lies in the mechanism of bromination:

The double bond in cis-2-butene polarises the $\ce{Br-Br}$ bond in a nearby $\ce{Br2}$ molecule. A $\ce{Br+}$ ion attacks the double bond and forms a bromonium ion.

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The bromonium ion makes the adjacent carbon atoms electrophilic. The bromide may attack the most electrophilic out of them. Here, however, they are equivalent.

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You should now be able to understand how the mechanism works.

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  • $\begingroup$ So how are there 4 products? $\endgroup$ – Partha Sarker Jun 6 '17 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ What 4 products @Mockingbird360 $\endgroup$ – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Jun 6 '17 at 5:03
  • $\begingroup$ M,N,O,P as suggested in the question. $\endgroup$ – Partha Sarker Jun 6 '17 at 5:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Mockingbird360 Oh that, they are just stereoisomers. I showed in my example, the bromine attacking the left carbon. If it attacked the right one instead, you would get the enantiomer of the above compound. For a trans-2-butene you would get a meso product. $\endgroup$ – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Jun 6 '17 at 5:11

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