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In the reaction p-aminophenol + acetic anhydride --> acetaminophen , 4.5 ml of water is added into the flask with the p-aminophenol and acetic anhydride at the beginning of the experiment. What is the purpose of this water?

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    Do you suppose it converts the acetic anhydride to acetic acid?

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    the reaction p-aminophenol + acetic anhydride --> acetaminophen , 4.5 ml of water is added into the flask with the p-aminophenol and acetic anhydride at the beginning of the experiment. What is the purpose of this water?

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