Hi, studying org. Chem 1 my textbook says that an ester can react with a base like NaOH giving a saponification reaction , i.e ""RCOOH"" --> RCOO- + H+
Later I studied the acidity of α C-H directly bonded to C=O
Now an ester like ketons or an aldehyde has an "acdic Hydrogen on α carbon" .
So can we have the deprotonation and the formation of an "enolate ester"??
Then an ""aldolic addition"" in order to give an ""ester-hemiacetal"" like this(?):
I suppose that the first reaction is the major one because in the second one we have the formation of an hemiacetal,not a very stable species
But can the second one theoretically occours at a very very low percentage??