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Hi,

Could anyone explain the difference between commercial and advertisement? I was once told that commercial is only on TV while advertisement is in magazine and newspaper. Is that true?

Thanks in advance.
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aleileiHi, Could anyone explain the difference between commercial and advertisement? I was once told that commercial is only on TV while advertisement is in magazine and newspaper. Is that true? Thanks in advance.
Yes, the use of "commercial" is usually restricted to TV and radio whereas advertisements can be found in magazines/newspapers, on billboards in public places as well as on TV , radio and the Internet nowadays.
I am interested in the same topic. What I understand is that commercials are for TV/Radio while advertisements are for printed media such as newspapers and magazines. The answer says ads can be found on TVs and radios. An ad can be written/drawn on TV, but I wonder how it could be made on radio. If ads can be audio visual then how can one tell an ad from a commercial. I cannot draw the line; are there any more specific criteria?
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EnglishSmithI cannot draw the line; are there any more specific criteria?
In almost all cases, what we are talking about here are "commercial advertisements", that is, advertisements that are for commercially produced products and services. Therefore, from the point of view of logic, you can use "commercial", "advertisement", or "commercial advertisement" for any such announcements and presentations. It is simply traditional to call them commercials when they occur on radio or television and to call them advertisements when they occur elsewhere.

Thus, a commercial advertisement on radio or television is usually called a commercial, and a commercial advertisement in any other medium is usually called an advertisement.

You won't go to grammar jail if you call a television commercial an advertisement!

CJ
Just want to clarify,

1) A preview of a sitcom (example) to be broadcast tomorrow is shown in television.

2) A product information is shown is shown in television.

Which is considered as commercial and advertisement?

Also, is there a proper term for the preview of the sitcom?

Thanks =)
Anonymous1) A preview of a sitcom (example) to be broadcast tomorrow is shown in television.2) A product information is shown is shown in television.Which is considered as commercial and advertisement?
1) is an advertisement.
2) is a commercial.
AnonymousAlso, is there a proper term for the preview of the sitcom?
Yes. It's called a preview; however, a preview is longer than an advertisement so you can even have advertisements of previews.

CJ
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Now I would call that a 'promo' (a film clip promoting a commercial advertisement).
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