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    Trichloromethane

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    In the name "trichloromethane", why wouldn't one use numbers, naming it "1,1,1-trichloromethane"?

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    In the nomenclature of alkanes, substituents are given the lowest possible number from the parent chain. The lowest possible number starts from 1 (one). As an example, the figure below shows three alkanes with substituents and how the lowest number is assigned to the substituents:
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    In (a) above, if you start from either side of the carbon atoms, you can count only one (1) carbon before you get to the ...

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    This solution explains why one wouldn't use numbers in naming trichloromethane.

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