I read that Cl is ring deactivating group even if it is O,P- directing. Which group among the methyl and chloro controls the orientation of the 3rd substituent. What are the products formed?

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The nitration of o-chlorotoluene gives all four possible isomers according to Wibaut [1].


  1. Wibaut, J. P. Recherches Quantitatives Sur La Nitration Des Chlorotoluènes. Recueil des Travaux Chimiques des Pays-Bas et de la Belgique 1913, 32 (10), 244–320. https://doi.org/10.1002/recl.19130321002.

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