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    Imidazole, acting as a nucleophile, catalyzes the hydrolysis of phenol acetate by attack on the carbonyl carbon atom of the ester. The imidazole displaces the phenoxide anion and forms acetyl imidazole. In turn, the acetyl imidazole is quite unstable in water and hydrolyzes to form acetic acid, and regenerates the imidazole molecule. Write a suitable mechanism outlining these steps. (Please show work)

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    The solution provides the diagram for a mechanism outlines the steps for imidazole catalyzing the hydrolysis of phenol acetate to acetic acid.