i am wondering why not "my girlfriend is handing me MY bag"?
Because this is her bag not yours.
We speak of it mostly, as her purse, or handbag.
"My girlfriend is handing to me her bag" should be marked as a right answer.
No that's not a standard English word order.
Why not "My girlfriend is handing me her bag"
It's an accepted answer, it should have worked.
It doesn't take "my girlfriend is handing me her handbag".
Why not: My girl is handing her bag to me.
If it is someone's 'dziewczyna', we really want the word 'girlfriend'.
pocketbook should also be accepted
From what I see, a pocketbook is a small bag for carrying money, which is pretty unlikely to be called "torba" in Polish.
We carry everything in our pocketbooks, wallet, make-up, hair brushes, keys, tissues, pens, pencils, paper, etcetera. A handbag and pocketbook are the same thing.
Didn't try it, I was a perfectionist all my life and dislike my errors.
There must be a euphemism in here somewhere.
I ja udaję że mi interesuję...