I have been studying Inversion, but some sentences are hard to understand. It seems that they don't make any sense.
To help me, I try to rewrite them in the normal way (subj + verb + obj) with the same words, but the sentences below I just couldn't do it. If you know how to rewrite them, please, help me.
Thanks a million.
With inversion: No sooner had the tourists arrived than they noticed some giraffes in the distance.
Without inversion: The tourists had no sooner arrived then they noticed some giraffes in the distance.
How can I rewrite these sentences without inversion and using the same words?
1) Little did the antelope realise that it was being eyed by a watchful lion.
2) Seldom have I heard piano playing of such maturity of such maturity from someone so young. I am impressed. (This is the sentence I found in a book. Is that right to say "heard piano playing"? Shouldn't it have been "heard a piano player"?)
3) No since Philip and Gary Neville last played in 2014 have there been two brothers in England football team. (What does this sentence mean?)
Please fell free to correct any mistake I have made in my text. Thanks ;)
1. As soon as the tourists arrived, they noticed some giraffes in the distance.
2. The antelope realised too little that it was being eyed by a watchful lion.
3. I have seldom heard piano playing of such maturity from someone so young. I am impressed.
["piano playing" is the activity which produces noise which can be heard!]
4. Original starts "Not since..."
There have not been two brothers in the England football team since Philip and Gary Neville last played in 2014.
The inverted constructions are formal and stylish, in my and many people's opinions. They are worth learning once students reach C1 level (again, in my opinion).