Could someone please explain what preposition is accurate in context of a page section where the total quantity of pages in a document is specified?

I suspect that one may use "on" in a sentence such as "Use red font on five pages and use green on five pages that follow." Not when one's intention is to inform a reader of a total amount of pages he or she would have to deal with.

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  • Thank you! Checked those out prior to writing this post. However, they did not answer my question. May 31 '21 at 14:47
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    I linked them just in case someone found your question, but they were looking for the answer to those other questions. When someone links a question in the comments, it shows up in the right sidebar (or at the bottom of the page if you are on a device with a small screen). That’s why I stated that they were related, but not potential duplicates.
    – ColleenV
    May 31 '21 at 16:32

Your intuition is correct. On X pages is used to describe the content contained within a single page or range of pages. In X pages is used to describe a number of pages. So:

In ten pages, describe your activities over the summer. Use red font on the first five pages and green font on the next five.

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    I don't know why this was downvoted, perhaps the downvoter believes that one can also say "Write your essay in [X] pages” ? But it's +1 from me in anycase.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 31 '21 at 14:43

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