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Overall Reaction Intermediate

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Which of the following statements MOST accurately describes an intermediate in a reaction mechanism?

A

The intermediate is always formed in the first step.

B

The intermediate is always used in the last step.

C

The intermediate is never part of the rate determining step.

D

Experimental detection of an intermediate can be used to increase confidence in one pathway over another in a multi-step reaction.