“To discuss” vs “the discussion of”

I was attempting to use “discuss” in a sentence but got marked off for using the infinitive form:

“Moreover, the author fails to address Republican views by merely stating that studies estimate “4 billion to 12 billion barrels of recoverable oil” are present but avoiding to discuss the economic potential….”

My professor suggested to use “the discussion of” instead, but I was wondering if there were any rules governing this or whether it was just a stylistic choice which made the writing sound more awkward. Any insight is appreciated.

Answer

“… but avoided discussing…” sounds best to me.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Mehul Raheja , Answer Author : Susan Barylo

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