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My German friend told me that in speech, either one makes sense:

Es würde „cool“ sein!

Es wäre „cool.“

But which one is proper German in order to say something like "It would be cool!"

Additionally, preferably from the perspective of a native speaker, which one would be more common and more acceptable?

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The verbs sein and haben are preferrably conjugated using non-composited forms. In this case

Es wäre cool.

is clearly preferrable.

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this is correct. But i have something to add: using "würde", you can create the conjunctive for almost everything, even if there is a natural conjunctive. this is correct, too, but somethings it's not the finest way.. –  christian.s Jan 17 at 16:41
    
@christian.s That both are valid is something, the OP has already said so in his question. –  Toscho Jan 17 at 16:55
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I think the difference is the implied likelihood and your personal stance toward "Es".

Es wäre cool is more likely to happen than Es würde cool sein

The "stance" can be explained with a example

When you were just told that the other person will do something for you (maybe something that puts a burden on them) then you can choose:

Es wäre cool: polite way of accepting such an offer

Es würde cool sein: even more polite. OR: implies that you are not comfortable with the dimension (you have the feeling that you are asking for too much)

In the end it kind of depends on the way you say it and the context it is said in.

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Just to add: With sein wäre is also more likely to happen simply because it's shorter, clear (unlike something like ich editierte which could be mistaken for past tense) and very frequent, so one doesn't forget the existence of this word (unlike buk for backte)... and I'm not sure how polite you can make a sentence that still contains cool, but otherwise welcome to stack exchange :) –  fifaltra Jan 17 at 17:25
    
I thought "würde" and "sein" dont go together in one sentence? –  DerPolyglott33 Jan 19 at 9:46
    
@DerPolyglott33 Why would you say so? –  Dennis Kuypers Jan 24 at 13:53
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