See also: Appendix:Variations of "z"
- (urban slang) Used as a substitute for -s in marking the plural of nouns. Usually used in words in which the -s suffix is actually pronounced "z".
- Boyz are always trouble.
- (urban slang) Used as a substitute for -s in marking verb inflections.
- He lovez me.
- (verb-forming suffix) Harmonic variants:
- -z is added to words ending in a vowel. Final -a changes to -á-. Final -e changes to -é-.
- -oz is added to some back-vowel words ending in a consonant
- -az is added to other back-vowel words ending in a consonant
- -ez is added to unrounded (and some rounded) front-vowel words ending in a consonant
- -öz is added to most rounded front-vowel words ending in a consonant
- -áz is added to some back-vowel words ending in a consonant
- Replaces -ts at the end of a word.
In Kenya, (-z) can be applied to nouns and verbs. In Tanzania, (-z) is usually only applied to nouns, like mtotoz.