Problem: Draw the ester that is formed from the reaction of benzoic acid and ethanol.

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Carboxylic acid + alcohol → Fischer esterification using acid as catalyst

Mechanism will appear as:

(1) Protonation 

(2) Nucleophilic attack

(3) Proton transfer

(4) Reformation of C=O (elimination)

(5) Deprotonation

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Draw the ester that is formed from the reaction of benzoic acid and ethanol.