Is there a root final stop in English? I can't seem to find any

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    What do you mean by ‘root’? English doesn’t really have ‘roots’ in a generic sense, in the way that some other languages do. Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 13:45
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    And where are you getting that from? If you consider fit a root and -ness a suffix, you’d predict *finness, but the word is fitness. Commented Aug 18, 2021 at 15:11
  • Please elaborate on what you mean by 'root final' to prevent this question from being closed.
    – Mitch
    Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 23:17

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Yes, for example "think" – the root is /θɪŋk/, /k/ is a stop.

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