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Primary (1°) alcohols are poor starting materials for the synthesis of 1-alkenes. Why ?

Because the 1°carbocation RCH2+ rearranges and a 2-alkene is formed. Even if a 1-alkenes forms it tends to rearrange in acid to a 2-alkene.

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