I've come across this description of the Dostoyevsky's novel while surfing the net.

Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

Could you please explain the meaning of "find something doing smth" phrase? Thanks in advance.

Consider this simpler example.

eg Tom found his car leaking oil.

A longer version of this is eg Tom found (ie discovered) that his car was leaking oil.

Clive

Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

. why didn't the author write "noose's of his own guilt tightening around his neck."?

There is no possessive intended in Dostoyevsky's phrase. "the noose of his own guilt" does not mean that his own guilt possesses the noose. It means that the noose consists of his own guilt. It's intended figuratively of course. There is no actual noose involved.


I've heard that only possessive with gerund is a correct option in such sentences, is it wrong? Yes, in this case it is. As I said, there is no possessive involved here. The noose possesses nothing.

Clive