Why are ethers not considered as functional groups in IUPAC nomenclature?
Let us consider the following example:
The preferred IUPAC name (PIN) for this compound is 2-ethoxy-1,1-dimethylcyclohexane. And we get this by first point of difference as ether is also considered as a substituent here.
But ethers do confer specific properties to the compound. They are studied as a separate functional group. Yet they aren’t given the preference in nomenclature in the absence of any other functional group too. Why is this so? Is it just a convention or is there a reason behind it?
PS: I checked this similar question on our site but it doesn’t answer my question as to why ethers aren’t functional groups when it comes to naming.