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All alcohols are less acidic than water except methanol. Methyl group exhibits positive inductive effect. So water should be more acidic than water. But according to experimental evidence it is not so. Can someone explain the reason for this.


marked as duplicate by NotEvans., Jon Custer, Todd Minehardt, airhuff, pentavalentcarbon Jun 17 '17 at 20:56

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    $\begingroup$ Your question has been asked previously, and has an answer here. For future reference, you're able to search chem.SE using the 'search Q&A' bar at the top of the page, or equally the linked question appears on google if you search for "why is methanol more acidic than water". $\endgroup$ – NotEvans. Jun 17 '17 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ @NotEvans. the answer there is wrong. Water has a pKa of 14.0 (not 15.7 like Evans pKa table shows. chem.libretexts.org/Core/Organic_Chemistry/Fundamentals/… pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00623 $\endgroup$ – DSVA Jun 17 '17 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ @DSVA. Irrespective, the question is a direct duplicate and should be closed as such, you could always answer the original question, correcting the 'wrong' data $\endgroup$ – NotEvans. Jun 17 '17 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ I am sorry. I didn't knew that the question was asked before. Please provide me with the answer. $\endgroup$ – P Sriram Goutam Jun 18 '17 at 3:07

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