I am new to the field of linguistics and I was looking for some books in order to learn syntax.

I put my eyes on two main textbooks:

Basic English Syntax with Exercises, by Mark Newson (I was especially interested in the exercises).

Understanding Syntax, by Maggie Tallerman. (which I do not know how much relies on exercises to teach the content).

Are there better books to start with?

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    I would start with a descriptive grammar such as Huddleston & Pullum's A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. It would be an excellent place to start, and it does have exercises.
    – BillJ
    Jan 24, 2021 at 8:36

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"Best" is subjective. Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches. Fourth revised and extended edition is updated frequently, and fairly comprehensive. This might be a good place to start.


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