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Sodium tetrahydridoborate(III) reduces aldehydes to primary alcohols. This reaction can be carried out under aqueous conditions.

The intermediate alkoxide ion, R-CH2-O, is protonated to the primary alcohol by the solvent system.

Overall, the reaction involves the addition of H and H+ across the C=O double bond.

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Aldehyde (AS/A2 generic)     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Sodium borohydride     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Hydrogen delivered equivalents     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming
Primary alcohol (AS/A2 generic)     Reactions Using    Reactions Forming

Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
Addition
Addition: Nucleophilic
British A-Level Chemistry: A2
Redox
Reduction: Of Substrate By Reagent

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