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Why alcohols do not undergo base induced dehydration in the same way that alkyl halides are dehydrohalogenated ?

In the dehydration reaction of alcohols the leaving group is -OH- which is a very strong base. Thus reaction cannot proceed in the presence of other base.  

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To synthesize 2, 3-dimethylbut-1-ene in the better yield dehydrohalogenation of 2, 3-dimethyl-1-bromobutane is preferred over dehydration of 2, 3-dimethylhutan-1-ol. Why ?


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