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When determining hybridizations, you have to take into account molecular shape. When looking at molecular shape, you have to look at both bonded pairs and lone pairs. Furthermore, you have to take into account all of the electron densities on the atom that you are looking at, usually the central atom(s). If there are lone pairs on the atom(s), those lone pairs have to go somewhere (ie the hybridized orbitals).
Yes lone pairs play a very important role in hybridization as they determine what energy levels are hybridized, therefore lone pairs must be accounted for since they allow for the correct hybridized species to be identified.
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