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My textbook asks this as an objective question. What I had in mind was that the lone pair on phosporous was more distributed as compared to nitrogen(since nitrogen is more electronegative and smaller in size ) and hence the statement. But the option given in the textbook says the answer is lone pair of phosphorous resides in almost pure s orbital. How do you know if the lone pair is placed in pure s orbital or pure p orbital

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The bond angle in $\ce{PH3}$ is about $92-93^\circ$, and by the percentage $s$ character formula i.e $\cos(\theta) = s/(s-1)$ you can calculate the $s$ character and that comes out to be 6%. And that where drago rule holds true , that is the orbitals involved in bonding are pure $p_x$ ,$p_y$, $p_z$ and as a character is high the lone pair is present in pure s orbital and highly penetrated towards phosphorus. Hence acts as a poor Lewis base.

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