I want to know what does material mean in this clause, and are there any other synonyms?

"Capitalization of the quoted material depends on the material itself."

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  • Notice that "capitalization" could mean this is about English grammar, but this same sentence could be used by a financial analyst to describe the tax treatment of business assets! (Capitalization also means to treat something as capital -- an asset -- rather than as an ordinary business expense.) – whiskeychief Sep 26 '19 at 10:37
  • Sometimes "material" can be a very general word, almost like "it" or "this". If you asked the question "Capitalization of this depends on this itself", and asked what "this" was referring to, we would request you provide more surrounding context to get more information. Can you post the rest of the paragraph? – Sam Oct 6 '19 at 14:51

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