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Why is alkaline hydrolysis quicker than acid hydrolysis
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I'm not sure but might it have something to do with the hydroxide being polar cos of the oxygen so it's more likely to have enough energy to break the bond?
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Draw a mechanism -> get all the answers (this is how it always works...)

The rate-determining step is clearly formation of one of the initial tetrahedral intermediates. In alkaline solution, OH- attacks a carbonyl. In acid, H2O attacks a protonated carbonyl.

Without looking anything up, I'd say this means OH- is more activated compared to H2O than is the protonated carbonyl compared to the carbonyl. I guess you could put this in MO theory terms to if you wanted to be more quantitative.
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