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    In the aldol condensation with
    benzaldehyde + acetone (NaOH, ethanol) --> dibenzalacetone

    Why is it essential that the aldehyde component contain none of the corresponding acid?

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    Aldol condensation
    Aldehydes and ketones containing an alpha hydrogen atom (H atom attached to the carbon atom adjacent to the carbonyl group) undergo self condensation in the presence of a dilute alkali to form beta hydroxy aldehyde or beta hydroxy ketone. This reaction is called aldol condensation.

    Benzaldehyde does not ...

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    This solution is provided in 233 words. It defines an aldol condensation and discusses naming conventions for reactions.