"El cădea rar."
Translation:He used to fall rarely.
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I think your key word here is context and pragmatics. Verbal forms may not have one single translation. By your comment of "muddying" it with the conditional is similar to saying the past progressive translations muddy past tense translations as they, too, would fit here in "certain contexts".
I see what is trying to be taught and it might be used often in Romanian. But, to my ear, a translation with "used to" and "rarely" is dissonant. And, I would wager that if you were to survey corpora, you would not likely find them together in the same clause.
The whole notion of split infinitives being bad is annoying. this is a grammar rule that a small bunch of British academics came up with over 100 years ago, when they were trying to superimpose Latin syntax onto English syntax. They reasoned that because the single word Latin infinitive could not be split, neither should the English two word infinitive. This is moronic for a number of reasons, Chief among which is the fact that many Latin infinitives actually are two word infinitives, and those two word infinitives are split constantly. In addition, even single Latin words are sometimes split in half in a device called tmesis. To boldly go where no man has gone before. Moronic rule.