no less than three hours more
A question set by a Chinese teacher of English:
--Are you finishing your task?
--Far from it. We need no less than three hours more.
The answer is 'Far from it'. But I doubt that native speakers will say such things as 'no less than three hours more'. Would 'up to three hours more' sound better? Or simply say 'We need three hours more/another three hours'?
Thank you in advance.
Re: no less than three hours more
Speakers could use "Far from it" in that context. As for "no less than...", it's OK but sounds odd. Personally, I'd use "3 more hours."