Bolsa or Bolso?

I have been looking for a new bag for a long time, and this last weekend I finally spotted one that I liked, so I bought it. Now the tricky part. Is it un bolso or una bolsa? This has been one of those facts that lives in my head and pops out a different answer each time I have to refer to any type of bag.

To put it finally to rest here is the definitive definition.

When to use una bolsa or un bolso.

A bag (such as a messenger bag) is una bolsa.
A woman’s handbag is un bolso.
A plastic bag from the supermarket is una bolsa.
A back pack is una mochila.

I think it was the masculine/feminine cross over with the men’s and womens bags that had me confused. Now it is written down, I will never get it wrong again. And I have a nice new bag.

By Steve

I live and work in Barcelona, Spain. I made this site to give myself more motivation to study Spanish. I think we all need that at times.

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