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The $\mathrm{S_N1}$ or $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reaction of alkyl halide with nitrite ion is complicated one since nitrite is an ambident nucleophile. For instance, it was reported that silver nitrite reacts with alkyl halides to give nitrites while sodium nitrite gives more nitroalkane than alkyl nitrite (based on HardAcid/Hard Base concept; Ref.1): $$\ce{AgNO2 + R-...

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