Quick answer
"Lot" is a noun which is often translated as "el grupo", and "heap" is a noun which is often translated as "el montón". Learn more about the difference between "lot" and "heap" below.
lot(
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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. (group of people)
a. el grupo
(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 last lot of people who were made redundant have all found new jobs.Del último grupo que despidieron, todos han encontrado otro trabajo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Are you lot coming to my party?¿Vienen ustedes a mi fiesta?
Come on, you lot! You're really slow today!¡Vamos, gente! ¡Hoy sí que están lentos!
2. (group of things)
a. el lote
(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).
They've sent me another lot of orders to process.Me han enviado otro lote de pedidos para tramitar.
3. (destiny)
a. la suerte
(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).
My lot is about to change.Mi suerte está a punto de cambiar.
b. el destino
(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).
One's lot is written in the stars.El destino de uno está escrito en las estrellas.
4. (random choice)
a. el sorteo
(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).
Teams will be chosen by lot.Los equipos se elegirán por sorteo.
b. la suerte
(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).
We decided to draw lots for it.Decidimos echarlo a suertes.
5. (item at an auction)
a. el lote
(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).
In an auction, buyers can purchase lots by bidding for them.En una subasta, los compradores pueden comprar lotes pujando por ellos.
6. (plot)
a. el terreno
(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).
There are many empty lots in this part of town.Hay muchos terrenos vacíos en esta parte de la ciudad.
b. el solar
(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 lot was surveyed to position the house.Se midió el solar para ubicar la casa.
7. (film and television)
a. el plató
(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 lot was empty. All the actors had left for the day.El plató estaba vacío. Todos los actores ya se habían ido.
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heap
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (pile)
a. el montón
(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 moles had left little heaps of earth all over the lawn.Los topos habían dejado pequeños montones de tierra por todo el césped.
b. la pila
(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 was a heap of dirty bed linen in the corner of the room.Había una pila de ropa de cama sucia en un rincón de la habitación.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(large amount)
a. el montón
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I've made a whole heap of friends since I moved to this town.Hice un verdadero montón de amigos desde que me mudé a esta ciudad.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(automobile)
a. el cacharro
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
You're not still driving that old heap, are you? It's fit for the scrap yard.No seguirás manejando ese cacharro, ¿no? Es pura chatarra.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hierarchy)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
These tax measures do nothing but favor people at the top of the heap.Estas medidas fiscales no hacen más que favorecer a los de arriba.
When it comes to promotion I'm always at the bottom of the heap.Cuando se trata de un ascenso, yo estoy siempre al final de la lista.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to put in a pile; often used with "on" or "onto")
a. amontonar
The snow had been heaped on the side of the road.Habían amontonado la nieve al borde de la carretera.
b. apilar
The refugees heaped their belongings onto handcarts.Los refugiados apilaron sus pertenencias en carretillas.
6. (to lavish; used with "on" or "onto")
a. prodigar (praise)
The organizing committee deserves all the praise that has been heaped on it.El comité organizativo merece todos los elogios que le fueron prodigados.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
As soon as I finished, she would heap more food onto my plate.En cuanto terminaba, me llenaba otra vez el plato de comida.
They received us with enthusiasm and heaped attention on us.Nos recibieron con entusiasmo y nos colmaron de atenciones.
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