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"I authorize and direct the Minister to make all payments if I or my former spouse apply (applies?) for benefits under the plan."
Is it apply or applies? My gut tells me it is apply because I and former spouse are singular subjects.
But I'm confused as to why it is not "applies" because isn't my "former spouse" 3rd person singular?
Please explain why it is apply!
It's much more common in English to say "my former spouse or I"; "my former spouse and I".
The exception I'd make is where the description of the other party is more complex - "If I, or any of the people who I have deputized, apply ..."