Which preposition should I use when I want to covey the meaning of 'until' (defining the end of an extent or an action from a certain point) but not referring to time but an actual stuff?

It's so confusing since in my native language we just use the same preposition no matter if it's time, page, or place.

Which preposition should I use in the place where I used 'until'?

For example:

I read until page 50.

I solved until question number 6.

You need to fill out (the form) until the 5th box.

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up to is probably the best documented preposition that is appropriate for numbered things, but people also use up till, as far as and until.

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    One other that might get used: up through, as in: You need to feel out the form up through the fifth box. Sometimes, if the meaning is up through, the speaker might say up to and including, just to eliminate any ambiguity about whether or not the "up to" is inclusive (since "Up to Question 6" could mean 1-5, or it could mean 1-6).
    – J.R.
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 9:09
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    @J.R. through and up through are AmE: they are not used in BrE.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 9:40

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