It's also a time to relax our mind and discover ourselves when we stroll around unplanned and without any specific purpose.

Could somebody tell me why the writer used ourselves instead of us? I think ourselves is a reflexive pronoun that should reflect back on a subject. But I see no subject here that means the same thing as ourselves.

  • Read here about reflexive pronouns. (I have edited your question to introduce a space between a period and the first word in the next sentence. Remember, punctuation is important!) – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 19 '16 at 5:57
  • #P. E. Dant I know the basic rules of reflexive pronoun. As per the rule we use reflexive when subject and object are the same. But Look at my above sentence, where is the subject of (ourselves) ? Please Ans this considering my sentence. – dz420 Aug 19 '16 at 6:38
  • No pronoun, including a reflexive pronoun, can take an object or a subject. You need the referent for ourselves. Consider the simpler form It is time to discover ourselves. This sentence means It is time (for us) to discover ourselves. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 19 '16 at 6:48
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    Also, I think you can add "for us" after "time" without any difference in meaning – Cardinal Aug 19 '16 at 6:48
  • @P.E.D From the link you provided: as a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of the verb". So there are multiple conceptions of subject in various grammars. – Jim Reynolds Aug 19 '16 at 7:03

The "subject" that ourselves references is implied in the sentence.

We could write the idea this way

It's also a time for us to relax our mind and discover ourselves when we stroll around unplanned and without any specific purpose.

We can sometimes leave out parts of a sentence that are "needed", because our listener can infer or understand that those parts are "there".

The rules that describe when and how we can do this are complex. The relevant grammar topics include "linguistic ellipsis" and "substitution".

As I was reminded in the Language Overflow chatroom, these pronouns are not always used reflexively. Consider She did it herself. Notice that she didn't do anything to herself. Some linguists call these emphatic pronouns.

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