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I heard in the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane:

I looked through your wallet. Given as how I saved your life, I think that's acceptable.

I find the interjection of "as" odd. When "given" is used as a preposition meaning "in view of" or "considering", shouldn't it be followed immediately by a noun phrase or a clause? Is the use of "as" here idiomatic or grammatical? "Given as how" returns zero hits on Google.

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I have never heard the expression given as: my impression is that it's an adaptation or corruption of seeing as, which the Cambridge Dictionary says is an informal adaptation of seeing that, and defines it as "considering or accepting the fact that".

In formal conversation and writing, given that is quite normal and has the same meaning, but in my opinion given rarely occurs in informal conversation, so it is very unusual- maybe just this one instance- to say given as.

One of the answers to this EL&U question gives more information about seeing as.

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    'Given as ... ' doesn't sound odd to me at all; not common, perhaps, but certainly not unheard of. Given as I can't quote chapter & verse, you'll just have to take my word for it ;) [It does make me think it might be 'older' English; my native dialect is full of those, Northern Br E] – gone fishin' again. Aug 24 '18 at 6:58
  • Imagine it said this way: Given as 'ow I've paid for the first round, ... – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 24 '18 at 12:12
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo, put like that, it does sound quite northern... but I still think that "seeing as 'how" sounds more natural. – JavaLatte Aug 24 '18 at 12:37
  • @JavaLatte: I bet you could find it in a Faulkner novel too. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 24 '18 at 12:39
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo ah, American... I hadn't considered that. – JavaLatte Aug 24 '18 at 12:42
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Compare:

Seeing as how

Knowing as how

Given as how

Thinking as how

Saying as how

Allowing as how

Telling as how

Letting on as how

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