What do mites do, Paul? I agree that they don't bite. What do they do? I don't think that "I had a mite yesterday" sounds right. How can one have it? I know that they are skin parasites and blood keeps them alive.The problem is not with the verb, that is fine: insects bite or sting.
The problem is with "mite". In BE at least, nobody attributes a bite to a mite, they are far too small: you can be bitten by a mosquito; a flea, a tick, a bug/insect, etc. but not a mite.
I think it would help if you could explain what exactly it is that did the biting.
There are many different sorts of mites, yes. I agree that some of them burrow, but can we say "I had a mite burrowed in my neck yesterday" or "A mite burrowed in my hand yesterday"?I don't think that "I had a mite yesterday" sounds right. No, it doesn't. You would need to say "I was bitten by a mite yesterday."
However, even this is not usual as the speaker would (if possible or suspected) always describe the mites using the full name: "I was bitten by a cat mite yesterday." This is why I asked you to say what sort of mite you were imagining.
This site, which is American, is very informative on mites: http://delusion.ucdavis.edu/mites.html You will see that the majority of mites originate in animals and have a defining name. Some will bite, some will burrow.
Human mites are microscopic: they don't do much. They usually feed on tiny flakes of dead skin. The exception is scabies which burrow. We do not say "I had an attack of scabies mites." We say, "I had an attack of scabies." or "I had scabies." Here, scabies is the name of the mite and also the infestation.
You might want to say "A mite burrowed into...." or "A mite was burrowing in...."There are many different sorts of mites, yes. I agree that some of them burrow, but can we say "I had a mite burrowed in my neck yesterday" or "A might burrowed in my hand yesterday"?
Thank you for helping me out, Paul . Being bitten by a mite still sounds a little odd, doesn't it? I don't know much about mites, but the mites here, usually burrow. Even the cat ones . I have cats and dogs and that happens sometimes .If it is a burrowing mite, then "yes."
Sometimes people here, do refer to them as bites, but I agree that they don't bite. My weird question also confused your wife . My apologies .I think much of the fault was mine. The idea of mites in relation to humans, to me, revolves mainly around "bed mites" which co-exist with humans and are harmless and ubiquitous.
To test this, I took my experimental volunteer (my wife) and asked what she thought I meant if I said, "I was bitten by a mite." Her reactions was, "Mites are those tiny things, do they bite?"
The mites listed on the web page are quite rare in the UK and are thus sufficiently remarkable to warrant a full description.
Looking back, in places where mites are commoner and more often spoken of, "Yesterday I was bitten by a mite" is fine. But in UK, I would expect the remark to be: "Something bit me yesterday - I think it was from the cat."
Sometimes people here, do refer to them as bites, but I agree that they don't bite.