I got into a discussion with another user in the comments section of this question. We disagreed over the following phrases:
I refuse running.
I decline running.
To me, they are both clearly wrong. The correct forms of the above sentences would be:
I refuse to run.
I decline to run.
It is late in my timezone and I am tired. I feel that this has something to do with "running" meaning the concept of running in general and "to run" being a particular instance but I cannot put my finger on exactly why the first sentences are wrong.
So, am I right? Are they wrong? If so, please explain why. Or am I wrong and they are correct? If so, ditto.