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whats the name of CH3(CH2)4CN?

my book says it is pentanenitrile, but it has 6 carbons, (including the cyanide), so it should be hexanenitrile, right?

There is a mistake in the book?

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To quibble even further, the nitrile is named for the acid it yields upon hydrolysis, so the names referred in the question and answer should be pentanOnitrile and hexanOnitrile. IE - butyronitrile.