Problem: Can an intermediate appear as a reactant in the first step of a reaction mechanism?

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We’re being asked to determine if an intermediate can appear as a reactant in the first step of a reaction mechanism.


Recall that a reaction mechanism is a sequence of single steps that add up to the chemical reaction.


A reaction intermediate is a substance that is formed in one step and then consumed in a later step of the reaction mechanism. Therefore, it does not appear in the overall reaction


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Can an intermediate appear as a reactant in the first step of a reaction mechanism?

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