I wrote the following:

Eri was still staring at the screen, but her eyes were expresionless, as if in a trance.

Her father laughed. "I admit it was a shocking footage. But Eri, you look like you've just seen a ghost."

"Oh," Eri said, snapping out (of it). "It's nothing. I just had a long day."

Should I just write, snapping out, or snapping out of it?

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    By the way, footage is not countable, so it should be it was shocking footage, no a. – terdon Sep 9 '13 at 18:04

If you mean something like ‘desist from (an attitude, etc.), to change a mood, pattern of behaviour, etc., by sudden effort’, then you need to write ‘snapping out of it’.

  • But you want a comma - not a full stop - after "it". – TrevorD Sep 9 '13 at 16:41
  • @TrevorD Why? It's OK with the full stop. – StoneyB Sep 9 '13 at 16:57
  • @StoneyB It seems an unnecessary break. I would have said that "Eri said ... it" is parenthetical needing just commas at each end; and that, if not interrupted by that clause, the spoken first sentence would have been "Oh, it's nothing." and therefore should remain uninterrupted by a full stop. – TrevorD Sep 9 '13 at 19:37
  • @TrevorD But it might equally be, "Oh. It's nothing." Author's call, for whatever linereading she hears. – StoneyB Sep 9 '13 at 19:57
  • @StoneyB In which case, there shouldn't be a comma inside the initial quotation marks. – TrevorD Sep 9 '13 at 22:26

To say that someone is snapping out colloquially means that they are being snippy. It carries the sense that the person is willfully or conscientiously acting out.

The phrase "snapping out of it" is more in line with your description.

as if in a trance.

It denotes a more 'back to reality' experience, having Eri be engaged in thought and then snapping back to reality.

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