Quick answer
"Commercial" is a noun which is often translated as "el comercial", and "spot" is a noun which is often translated as "el lugar". Learn more about the difference between "commercial" and "spot" below.
commercial(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (advertisement)
a. el comercial
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That commercial makes me want to buy a new computer.Ese comercial me da ganas de comprar una computadora nueva.
b. el anuncio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This channel broadcasts movies without commercials.Este canal transmite películas sin anuncios.
c. el spot publicitario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The actor started his career doing commercials.El actor comenzó su carrera haciendo spots publicitarios.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (commerce)
a. comercial
Our company's commercial strategy positioned us a top brand.La estrategia comercial de nuestra empresa nos colocó como marca líder.
3. (popular)
a. comercial
You don't know The Pixies because you only listen to radio stations that play commercial songs.No conoces a The Pixies porque solo escuchas radios que emiten música comercial.
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spot
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (place)
a. el lugar
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He said we'd meet at this spot.Me dijo que nos encontraríamos en este lugar.
b. el sitio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This is the spot where the general surrendered.Este es el sitio donde se rindió el general.
c. el punto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You need to find his weak spot.Hay que encontrar su punto débil.
2. (dot)
a. el lunar
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(on material)
The dress with yellow spots is my favorite.El vestido con los lunares amarillos es mi favorito.
b. la mancha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A Dalmatian's coat is white with black spots.El pelaje del dálmata es blanco con manchas negras.
3. (stain)
a. la mancha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a spot on your pants from where you were sitting on the bench.Hay una mancha en tu pantalón de donde estabas sentado en el banco.
4. (spotlight)
a. el foco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Prepare spot two for our lead actor.Prepara el foco dos para el actor principal.
5. (television and radio)
a. el espacio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(time slot)
Even a 30-second spot costs a lot of money.Un espacio, aunque sea de solo 30 segundos, cuesta mucho dinero.
b. el anuncio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(advertisement)
Have you heard their spot on the radio?¿Has escuchado su anuncio en la radio?
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(appearance)
I'd love a regular spot on prime-time television.Me encantaría aparecer de manera regular en la televisión durante el horario estelar.
She landed a weekly spot on his show.Consiguió un contrato para aparecer en su programa todas las semanas.
6. (pimple) (United Kingdom)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Teenagers are often plagued by spots.Los adolescentes suelen sufrir mucho con los granos.
7. (difficult situation) (United Kingdom)
a. el apuro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm in a bit of a spot. Can you lend me some money?Estoy en un apuro. ¿Me puedes prestar algo de dinero?
b. el aprieto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You've put me in a spot by telling him that.Al decirle eso, me has metido en un aprieto.
8. (small amount) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
How about a spot of lunch?¿Qué te parece si almorzamos algo?
I think I'll do a spot of sunbathing this afternoon.Creo que voy a asolearme un poco esta tarde.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to find)
a. descubrir
Did you spot the deliberate mistakes?¿Descubriste los errores intencionales?
b. encontrar
I spotted my chance and went over to introduce myself.Encontré mi oportunidad y fui a presentarme.
c. ubicar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
She's easy to spot in a crowd.Es fácil ubicarla en la muchedumbre.
d. divisar
After a week at sea, we finally spotted land.Después de una semana en altamar, por fin divisamos tierra firme.
e. reconocer
Would you be able to spot the signs of drug addiction in your own child?¿Podría usted reconocer las señales de la drogadicción en su propio hijo?
10. (to stain)
a. salpicar
The paint spotted my shirt when I was doing the ceiling.La pintura salpicó mi camisa cuando estaba haciendo el techo.
b. manchar
Her apron was spotted with cooking oil.Su delantal estaba manchado de aceite de cocinar.
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