Which one is correct in this context?
Person A: I think Apple will displace Google.
Person B: Please explain.
Should he say/write "Explain please"?
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are grammatically correct. However, the former is vastly more common, and more to the point, it is also quite a bit more polite. Putting the please at the end makes it obvious that this is a command; putting the please first makes it more of a request.
You can write "please explain," or "explain, please."
I prefer "please explain," but that is just a matter of style; both the phrases are perfectly fine.
An adverb (please) may precede or follow the verb it modifies, so either would be correct, though you would probably want a comma for the latter:
However, as you can see from this nGram, please explain is far more commonly used.
I would say
Please explain is more suitable here. Not that I know so much about it but that sounds more appropriate for me to use please at the end of the sentence when I am using it with a noun;
Order: Expain please
Request: Please explain
Both look correct but the Please explain is much more common while the other might be common in the Army.