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I'd like to know if it would be completely natural to use "cool with" here?

Young man: You mind if I play some rap music?

Older man: Not at all.

As the music comes on, the older man starts bobbing his head slightly to the beat to show that he's cool with the rap genre. (he wants to show that he has nothing against rap music, maybe even likes it.)

According to dictionaries the definitions of "be cool with something" are "to be happy to accept a situation or suggestion" and "to not find the thing objectionable."

Is the latter fitting for my example?

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You are 100 percent correct about the meaning.

However, "cool" is very informal, and "genre" is not, so it seems out of place. I would just remove "genre" altogether.

Also, while the old man might call it "rap music," the young man would probably call it "hip-hop" music. So the narrator appears to be an old man as well.

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Your meaning is correct. That's how to apply "be cool with something".

However, to analyze further:

  1. It may be over-explaining. Is it necessary? Consider the following passage, and whether it doesn't already convey the idea sufficiently.

Young man: You mind if I play some rap music?
Older man: Not at all.
As the music comes on, the older man starts bobbing his head slightly to the beat.
A moment later, the phone rings loudly.

  1. Secondly, "to be cool with something" is sort of colloquial. Should the omniscient narrator be using such a conversational style? It sounds like something one of the characters themselves would say. "Hey, he's cool with rap?", the young man thought.
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  • "sort of colloquial"? - I'd say it's extremely colloquial / slangy! Mar 8, 2021 at 14:04

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