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Option 1: "Cambridge English Grammar Language" by Geoffrey Pullum or

Option 2: a site which, i think, is based on government and binding theory: https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~beatrice/syntax-textbook/

if there are better options, please reccommend. thank you.

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By invoking "theory", you made the question very difficult to answer, because not only does the work have to account for English, it also has to be a theory. Which aspect is more important?

See p. 18 ff of the Cambridge grammar:

The primary goal of this grammar is to describe the grammatical principles of Present day English rather than to defend or illustrate a theory of grammar.

Compare that to Santorini & Kroch ch. 1:

This book is an introduction to generative grammar from a Chomskyan perspective.

The Cambridge grammar is more a description of English with some assumed theoretical subcurrents, whereas Santorini & Kroch (or, Koeneman & Zeijlstra Introducing syntax) is an introduction to a syntactic theory, exemplified via English. If you are most interested in theory, Santorini & Kroch or, Koeneman & Zeijlstra would be better because that's what those books are about; whereas as a description of Modern English, the Cambridge grammar would be better.

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  • Based on your's, I will pick the latter one.thanks a lot user6726. – Trin TA Athigapanich Oct 10 '19 at 7:34

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