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A sweet smelling compound called an ester is formed.
Ethanoic acid will react with ethanol in the presence of a few drops of concentrated sulphuric acid to form ethyl ethanote and water.
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NOTE: 1) Ethyl ethanoate is one example of an ester
2) Alkanoic acids react with alkanols to form alkyl alkanoate ester and water.
3) Always remember that the first part of the ester is derived from the acid while the second part is derived from the alcohol. In writing the name of the esters we start with alcohol part with the acid part..