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Benzaldehyde has an aromatic ring in it which has a pi cloud of electrons surrounding it. Would they not repel the nucleophile when it attacks?

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    $\begingroup$ If your theory held true, then benzaldehyde would be relatively unreactive to nucleophiles however the opposite it true. This should give you a big clue about your argument $\endgroup$ – Waylander Dec 21 '17 at 13:09

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