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Look at these examples:

You should clean the milk seen as you spilt it.
You should clean the milk seeing as you spilt it.

Which one is correct, and how is it grammatically defined/termed?

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Seeing as is the generally accepted form; I don't recall ever hearing anyone say seen as (though it's possible I just didn't notice).

Grammatically speaking, seeing as is a conjunction; it fills the same function here as because. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it this way:

seeing that, hence ellipt. seeing: considering the fact that; inasmuch as; since, because. Also (colloq.) with as (how).

Its history goes at least as far back as 1504:

1504 W. Barons in Paston Lett. & Papers (2004) II. 501, I wol‥exhorte you to take it as‥paciently as ye can, seeyng that we al be mortal and borne to dey.

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+1, agreed. "Seen as" is a classic eggcorn. – nickf Aug 14 '11 at 11:15
Seen as in this context could be seen as an eggcorn, but seen as is an idiom by itself. – Matt E. Эллен Aug 24 '11 at 20:02

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