Question of the day

Benzyl chloride is reacted with different nucleophiles (HO–, CH3COO–, PhO–, CH3O–). Arrange them in the decreasing order of reactivity with Benzyl chloride.
HO– > CH3O– > PhO– > CH3COO– Here,CH3O– is most stable as the negative charge is distributed among two oxygen, followed by oxygen attach to phenyl group will share electron in resonance. And carbon is more electronegative than hydrogen attached to oxygen that’s why HO– is less stable than CH3O– and more nucleophilic.