Draw the structure of boric acid showing hydrogen bonding. Which species is present in water? What is the hybridisation of boron in this species?

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B(OH)_{3} + 2H_{2}O \rightarrow [B(OH)_{4}]^{-} + H_{3}O^{+}

TheH_{3}BO_{4} forms hexagonal rings through hydrogen bonds and is a weak acid. The hybridization is sp^{3}.  Acting as an electron-deficient, it is a Lewis acid.

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