Which one of these is correct?

  • We use two-stage compilation process.
  • We use a two-stage compilation process.

The second looks more formally correct, but feels strange.

Perhaps this is better?

  • We use two-stage compilation.
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    The first one would be grammatical if process were pluralized to processes; but in the singular, the article is required. The simpler alternative at the end is better, though -- if compilation isn't a process, I don't know what is, so there's no reason to burden yourself with a category label for it. Plus compilation can be either mass or count, so articles are optional. Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 18:37
  • This question looks familiar. Did you ask this a few days ago and delete it?
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 17:27

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Your second sentence is definitely correct. However, as John Lawler points out in a comment above, if the sentence was pluralised, the first one would be correct:

We use two-stage compilation processes.

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