There are subtle elements to bidding that may not be easy to detect when you are just starting out.
Both auctions conclude with South bidding 3. Can you tell the difference? In the first, South had a hand worth a jump (limit) raise to 3 but he did not have the requisite four trumps in the modern style. The only way to show that hand is to bid 1NT as a one-round force, then make the jump bid, describing a hand with three-card spade support and limit-raise (game invitational) values.
As for the second auction, South’s bid of 3 says only that he had enough to keep the bidding open and that he likes spades better than hearts. South is showing a relatively weak hand with two-card spade support at best. With modest values and at least three spades, South would have made a simple raise in spades rather than bidding 1NT.
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