Which of the following statements is correct about methyl group?
- It stabilizes both carbocation and free radical equally.
- It stabilizes a free radical more than a carbocation.
- It stabilizes a carbocation more than a free radical.
- None of these.
I thought the answer would be (1). Keeping in mind these structures: The methyl group can stabilize the carbocation and the free radical group attached to it equally through hyperconjugation. However, the answer given is (3). How is this possible? Why is the carbocation more stable than the free radical? Are the structures I drew wrong?