First sentence doesn't have "make" or "get". Still is it causative? What is the differences between these sentences and which one is truer?
- He tried to scare them.
- He tried to make them scared.
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The infinitive "to scare them" is the complement of the catenative verb "try".
Causative verbs like "make", are generally followed by an object, and a bare infinitive
try to scare them
make him scare them
There are many other catenative verbs: ask, keep, promise, help, want. Catenative verbs can form chains: "He tried to ask to help the woman." (although longer chain get confusing)
Catenative verbs are not usually considered to be caustative verbs.