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    Esters are formed because of the reaction of carboxylic acids and alcohols. Why do they have lower boiling points and why do they produce the different smells? Why don't the reactants share these properties?
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    Esters have no hydrogen bonding thus they have a lower boiling point. Alcohols and carboxylic acids have strong intermolecular hydrogen bonding. As for the smell, I'm not sure, they react with the receptors in the nose in some way


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