continued until she had caught [time sequence]

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Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese

When I was reading Kazuno Kohara's Ghosts in the House, I was puzzled by one sentence in the book.

I cannot find any quotation link to that sentence, so I type it here directly from the book.
She continued until she had caught all the ghosts in the house.
I doubted the grammar in the latter part. If she had caught all the ghosts, then the time must have happened earlier than the action 'continued', right? Or, I was wrong? Please tell me if it's correct.

Thanks in advance.

  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    The sentence is correct. She stopped after catching all the ghosts, which means that the catching was prior in time to another event in the past. That makes the past perfect appropriate.
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