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The conversion of m-dinitrobenzene into m-nitroaniline can be brought about with :
a.) Sn / HCl
b.) Zn /$N{H_4}Cl$
c.) ${(N{H_4})_2}S$
d.) Zn + Alc. KOH

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Hint: The correct answer for this from the options given is the one containing the sulphur atom. All these reagents are reducing reagents and can reduce nitro to amine but the one that reduces selectively is one that contains N and S atoms.

Complete step by step answer :
First, let us see what is happening in the reaction.
In short, m-dinitrobenzene → m-nitroaniline. Structurally, we can say

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What we see from the above structures is that one of the nitro groups has been replaced with the amino group. So, what exactly has taken place is the reduction. The reduction reaction may be defined as the reaction involving the addition of hydrogen or loss of oxygen if we talk in terms of hydrogen and oxygen. In terms of electrons, it is a different concept. The next thing to observe is that only one nitro group has been replaced and not both. This means there is a reduction at one nitro group only. So, the reduction is selective in nature. Thus, there must be some special conditions involved. When we see all the options given to us, all these are reducing agents. So, all these can reduce the nitrobenzene to aniline. But of all these, the ammonium sulphide selectively reduces one nitro group when two nitro groups are present at meta-position to each other. The reaction to this can be written as -

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Thus, the option c.) with ammonium sulphide (${(N{H_4})_2}S$) is the correct answer.

Note: It must be noted that Sn / HCl is known as the best reagent for reduction of m- dinitrobenzene to m- nitroaniline but here it can not be used because its use will reduce both the nitro groups to amino groups. Even the zinc with ammonium chloride will reduce both the nitro groups but here we need a reagent which selectively reduces one group.