"Trzymam portfel w plecaku."
Translation:I keep my wallet in my backpack.
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It's not possible to enter those "a", because they are not included into the set of selectable words.
The 'set of selectable words' consists of all the words in the main translation plus a few distractors, which are chosen at random. If you are unhappy with the selection, you can always switch to manual input.
Also, while learning unit 1, the user is made to remember to build phrases, which exactly correspond to the original phrase, that's why people are afraid using "my" here.
A lot of sentences in this course lack a possessive, while at the same time there is one in the English translation. This doesn't mean that the translation doesn't correspond to the original phrase. In many instances it's the opposite - it's the most natural translation. I don't know which sentences from unit 1 you are referring to, though, so I can't comment on that.
Hi. Not really, we hold something in our hand(s), but keep something in a wallet or backpack.
The meaning you are quoting (from Merriam-Webster - see below) refers to how much of something can be kept in a container or bounded area, not to where you keep something. And it is the container that "holds" something, not the person. Note that they give "contain" as a synonym.
"a : to enclose and keep in a container or within bounds : (contain)
the jug holds one gallon
this corral will not hold all of the horses"
Incidentally, these embedded links are not usable from the app; I had to Google this. Full web addresses (which Duo automatically turns into links) are more universally usable.