Yes, you do make sense. Some of us are learning as if we were little French toddlers, that is, we have no good grounding in grammar and are learning through trial and error and by heart. Unfortunately what we lack is crucial; constantly spoken French all day every day and this makes us doubly disadvantaged. I have struggled with this "ecoute" (sorry, that's another disadvantage some of us have; no access to accents). So, all innocent like off we poodle to the hover which only ever gives us "listens TO" never just "listens". Now I can see that what I have been through to find out and understand that "listens" on it's own will do without the "to" tagged on everytime is a process by which I will never forget it..... I am looking at 70 and my memory doesn't serve so well that this benefit is definitely not guaranteed. The consequence is I have gone over and over just the one word and in the process have forgotten nearly all the many other ones I had correct.... once upon a time. One hint that the "to" tagged onto the "Listens" is sometimes not necessary would have given me premise to move on and then at regular intervals REVISE as many times as is necessary for me to really instill this lesson into my thick head, rather than have a "eureka" moment for the one, the only, global phenomenon, household name, everybody's pin-up, your friend and mine....... bloody ecoute!