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Why does benzyl alcohol react with HCl very rapidly?

Why does benzyl alcohol, a primary alcohol, react rapidly in the presence of HCl to form benzyl chloride? If it's primary, shouldn't the reaction be slow?

Solution Summary

In this solution the nature of the benzyl carbon is considered with respect to reactivity. Since this alcohol is primary, it is not expected to react quickly with HCl to form benzoyl chloride; however, it does! Why is this? This question is answered with sufficient detail and an included source.