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    Some lyrics and иметь в виду

    Can someone help explaining the grammar and translation of this paragraph:

    Шлю я, шлю я ей за пакетом пакет. -
    Только, только нет мне ни слова в ответ. -
    Значит, значит стоит иметь ей ввиду, -
    Сам я за ответом приду. -

    I have this, roughly:

    I'm sending, I'm sending her packet after packet
    Only, only I don't have even a word in response
    It means that it's worth bearing in mind for her
    I myself will go for an answer

    I don't understand the third sentence: it's worth bearing in mind? What is the ей referring to?

    Also, why is it not только, толкь нет мне нет слова в ответ? Does ни simply function as another нет, but changed for variety?

    Thanks

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    She should bear in mind.

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    bear in mind

    иметь в виду

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    I don't understand the third sentence: it's worth bearing in mind? What is the ей referring to?
    Try to learn some basics of Russian grammar (An On-line Russian Reference Grammar is a good site for that, and also for going somewhat deeper) . One of the features is usage of Dative case (roughly meaning "to her") when using certain verbs or impersonal constructions in general, as in these cases a "logical" English subject may become an indirect "beneficiary" of action.
    "Ей стоит" means "she should", so "ей стоит иметь в виду .." is "she should bear in mind".

    Also, why is it not только, только нет мне нет слова в ответ? Does ни simply function as another нет, but changed for variety?
    Yeah, like that though they are not interchangeable. "Ни" is a particle used here in one of its main functions. Namely, "not a.."/"not a single..." in negative sentences (compare "нет ни слова", "нет ничего", "ни слова не сказал").
    You can also see it in neither..nor constructions ("ни слова, ни звука" - they also allow for neiter..nor..nor..nor, which is not exactly good use in English) and some others you will eventually learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady_arc View Post
    Try to learn ...
    Добро пожаловать в MR, Shady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady_arc View Post
    they also allow for neiter..nor..nor..nor, which is not exactly good use in English) and some others you will eventually learn.
    "ни бэ ни мэ ни кукареку" came to my mind, as example.

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