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    #1

    I'll tell you something about me and my family.

    Hello.

    Is 'Now I'll tell you something about me and my family' acceptable?
    I'm not sure if it's OK to say 'me' instead of 'myself'.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I'll tell you something about me and my family.

    It's fine.

    Also good would be '...about my family and me'.

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    #3

    Re: I'll tell you something about me and my family.

    Thank you, Rover.

    May I ask another question?

    tzfujimino: I'll tell you something about me and my family. [...]

    Question: What did tzfujimino tell the students?
    Answer: He told them (something) about him and his family/his family and him.

    Does the 'Answer' sound OK?
    Or is 'himself' required?
    Thank you again.

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    #4

    Re: I'll tell you something about me and my family.

    In that case I prefer 'himself'.

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    #5

    Re: I'll tell you something about me and my family.

    If I'm talking, there is no confusion whether I'm talking about "me" or "myself." I'm the same person.

    If you are describing what "he" did, it's ambiguous whether "him" means "the speaker" or "another male" while "himself" can mean only the speaker.

    Joe gave a short speech about his childhood in Italy. He talked about himself and his family.
    Joe gave a short speech on George Washington's early life. He talked about him and his family.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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