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jihyunjun12

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sorry. it might sound like stupid question but i took ochem too long ago and don't remember a thing. whats the difference between phenyl and benzyl when naming compound? im always confused -_-
 

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sorry. it might sound like stupid question but i took ochem too long ago and don't remember a thing. whats the difference between phenyl and benzyl when naming compound? im always confused -_-

Both are used when naming the benzene ring as a substituent. The difference is that the phenyl is attached directly as a substituent and benzyl has a carbon group in between the parent chain and the benzene ring.

Phenyl= Benzene-ParentChain
Benzyl= Benzene-Carbon-Parent Chain

The best way I could think of saying it.
 

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PHENYL:
197650_800px-Phenyl-group_68.jpg

BENZYL:
197750_800px-Benzyl-group_68.jpg

 

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I just got done taking O. Chem over the past year and I still get them mixed up :laugh:
 
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