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    #1

    Avoid doing something / avoid to do something

    "She avoids talking to him."
    "She avoids to talk to him."

    I find the second one rather unnatural, but can someone please explain the rules behind this?
    NOT A TEACHER.
    Please correct all my mistakes.
    (copied from Boris Tatarenko)

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    Re: Avoid doing something / avoid to do something

    There are many verbs that take either an infinitive or gerund. Some take only one. This verb does not take an infinitive.

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    Re: Avoid doing something / avoid to do something

    It's not really a question of rules. Some verbs take gerund and others infinitives, some with others without to - but this is mostly arbitrary. There is no answer to why- we do it because everyone else does.

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