Singular vs plural following “noun[s]+of+noun”

I wish to correct my understanding. I found this example:

The claimant must prove that the particulars of claim has been served on the defendant.

The particulars of claim are one document consisting of several pages.

However, there should be ‘have’ not ‘has’ immediately after ‘claim’ because of ‘particulars’.

Am I correct?

Kind regards,


This is a bad phrase to base generalizations on.

Particulars of Claim

plural noun


(in England) the first reading made by the claimant in a county court action, showing the facts upon which he or she relies in support of a claim and the relief asked for

Particulars of Claim is the proper name of a document and as such, it would be reasonable to treat the phrase as referring to the singular document, rather than the plural contents.

As it turns out, this is not how particulars of claim is typically used. As Collins notes, even though it’s a proper name, it’s used as a plural noun. Other dictionaries agree:

The particulars of claim were filed and served on the defendant (emphasis added)

But in other similar examples, where a title or name that appears to be plural, the noun is treated as singular. For example: “My favorite movie is Children of a Lesser God

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