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It is impossible to compare the stability of methane and carbon tetrachloride directly as the do not have a common frame of reference. At the same time you cannot claim that the dichlorine molecule is less stable than the hydrogen chloride molecule. The only true observation that you can make is that the reaction of methane and chlorine to chloromethane and ...


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On OP's comment: I just don't see how the carbon can become part of the chain! shows confusion on the mechanism. However, the comments by user55119 and Ron correctly suggested the path of the mechanism. I thought it would be helpful to put the matter as a solution. Following scheme shows the possible mechanism to achieve the sought product: Note that, ...


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